Taro is also an important variety brought from Polynesia. It is said that it was left here by Kupe for his daughters on the WairarapaCoast. These crop are best planted in Mahuru in wet, boggy, light filtered soil. There are different methods for growing taro; small offset roots could be pinched off and propagated, or the stem could be removed from the corm and placed into the soil. They are an excellent starchy vegetable and a natural steroid.

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