sweet pota­toes

NZ Lifestyle Block - - DIY Food -

Sweet pota­toes just like our kū­mara are grown all over the world. Most of our na­tion's best kū­mara is grown in North­land where the cli­mate and soil type suit it per­fectly.

There are three main types – red, orange and gold – and quite a few va­ri­eties of each. I had as­sumed, per­haps like many peo­ple, that the kū­mara we eat and grow to­day are de­scended from those bought to New Zealand by the Maori over 1000 years ago. It turns out that this va­ri­ety pro­duced rather small kū­mara, no big­ger than fin­ger size. When the whal­ing ships sailed in with larger South Amer­i­can tu­bers on board in the 1850s, grow­ers saw a chance to im­prove the stock, and that's what we grow to­day.

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