Story: Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia

Taputini kūmara

Taputini kūmara

This taputini kūmara is one of four varieties that may date from before European arrival in New Zealand – the others are rekamaroa, hutihuti and houhere. The kūmara brought to New Zealand from Polynesia were smaller than the kūmara sold in shops today.

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Louise Furey, 'Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia - From Polynesia to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Louise Furey, published 24 Nov 2008