Story: Te ngahere – forest lore

Tutu

Tutu

All parts of the tutu plant are poisonous except for the petals. Māori crushed and strained the purple petals through toetoe grass, using the juice to sweeten aruhe (fern root).

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Photograph by Jeremy Rolfe

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ngahere – forest lore - Fruiting trees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14118/tutu (accessed 19 November 2017)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007