Story: Māori feasts and ceremonial eating – hākari

Patu aruhe (fernroot beater)

Patu aruhe (fernroot beater)

This patu aruhe, made from wood, would have been used to pound aruhe, the edible root of the rauaruhe (bracken fern). The root would be dried, steeped in water, roasted, boiled or steamed, and then pounded. The process of pounding would separate the edible flesh from the fibres.

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Basil Keane, 'Māori feasts and ceremonial eating – hākari - 19th-century hākari', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/40557/patu-aruhe-fernroot-beater (accessed 18 November 2018)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013