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Taewa, Riwai Spuds

Taewa, riwai[1] Taewa, riwai or Māori potatoes are some of the most deeply treasured Māori foods available to us today. Ironically they are not native to Aotearoa or even Polynesia but instead originate from South America . There are 18 … Continue reading

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cooking different varieties of māori potato

How do I cook them?  Oh well, that’s the best bit isn’t it?  Right from day one, one of the things I did before I started selling them was to ensure that I knew a bit about them.  I already … Continue reading

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how to store your riwai

It’s been a trial and error for us over the years.  We’ve lost quite a few just through trialling different methods of storage.  In sugar sacks is good, however, as you probably know, when they start sprouting, they’ll go through … Continue reading

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selling riwai at the market

In previous years we’ve sold a lot at the market.  As I’ve said we’ve since downsized and we’ve got a smaller garden.  But certainly over the years we’ve sold a few tonnage of Maori potatoes.  Having said that, there’s only certain … Continue reading

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What size are the peruperu that you keep for seed?

Again, there are different variations and different theories on that as well.  I think if you can see that, that’s the ideal size. About the shape of an egg, yeah.  Ideal.  Too big and they’ve got too many eyes on…  Yeah, … Continue reading

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harvesting and storing your riwai

When do you start harvesting?  I heard you say before that you’ve already started pulling your garlic out [December]. Yeah.  Started pulling the garlic out yesterday and we’ve already started harvesting some varieties of riwai.  Had a call from a … Continue reading

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how do you stop your peruperu cross-pollinating?

Yes, there’s lots of theories about that.  One of the theories that we heard is that the uenuku which is the neutraliser so you plant the uenuku between the other varieties.  They say there’s more risk of cross-pollination if they … Continue reading

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