Information Report about Kumara

A post I never posted from 2012. Really weird, the things you dig up from the past. I just said that because this post relates to a vegetable that comes out of the ground.

It's some good writing, I gotta say. I bet in this case, I shouldn't forget where my sense of writing came from, y'know, I shouldn't forget my roots.

Oh, boy, those two puns weren't plant.

Okay, here's the piece...

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A kumara is a vegetable. The english translation is sweet potato and a kumara is healthy. There is no healthier vegetable than it. A kumara is in a plant family called “Convolvulaceae”.

Kumara comes in different shapes and colours

They have smooth, unbroken skin, that could be used in varieties or salads. There are different types of kumara like black kumara, yellow kumara, orange kumara, and golden kumara. There is also another one called “Taputini” kumara, which grows on the ground and looks alot like a carrot. A taputini kumara is also the same size of a carrot.

Kumaras Habitat

Do you know where kumaras live? Kumaras were originated from the pacific islands. They grow almost everywhere in New Zealand. The kumara was found in the Bay of Islands in the 13th Century.

Facts about Kumara

Kumara has been in New Zealand for many centuries. Captain James Cook found Kumara growing in the Bay of Islands in 1769. Maoris use kumara for tradition. The best months for growing is during July, August, and September, and then months for harvesting is October, November, and December. For better growing, the kumara must be facing North. Kumara has Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Growing Kumara

In the olden days, people used many tools to make a kumara grow faster. They even used something called “Lava Rocks”. The they would harvest in 105-120 days time. Then they plant it facing north. When they have planted the crops, they do a karakia for the main crop. Now in these days, people grow them by planting them on the ground and put lava rocks on top on it. It grows in the same time it’s given. Some farmers grow kumara.

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