Taewa (Māori Potato)
The best supply of Māori potato are in the summer months.
Storage and Handling
Store in a cool, dark and dry place, do not refrigerate as this can change the flavour. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Māori have grown taewa in New Zealand for over 200 years. Taewa (Māori potatoes) are a tāonga, or treasure, and have significant cultural and historical value in New Zealand. They originated in South America over 2,000 years ago and were first brought to New Zealand by European explorers in the late 18th century. Māori gave the traditional cultivars Māori names and have continued to grow them ever since.
- The many varieties of Māori potato include Tutaekuri, Moe Moe and Makoikoi
- Different varieties vary in size and colour. Usually they have purple/black skin and flesh that is yellow, white or purple
- Māori potato are stored the same as potatoes
- Māori potato suit boiling or steaming methods of cooking
- Plant in September for a Christmas harvest
- Taewa grow well in large pots or buckets with sufficient drainage