Māori who settled New Zealand in the 13th century from the Pacific carried some foods with them. A particularly important crop in their cargo was the kūmara (sweet potato). Pictured here are three pre-European varieties, ‘Rekamaroa’, ‘Hutihiti’ and ‘Taputini’.The kūmara commonly seen in New Zealand today is derived not from these ancient cultivars, but from varieties introduced by Europeans during the 19th century.
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The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand - Kuratini Tuwhera
Photograph by Graham Harris
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