We’ve been an accredited NZ Gap and Eurepgap approved grower since 2001, and are now also an NZ Gap approved Grower Packhouse. This means that our customers can rest assured that our kumara is good quality, sustainably grown, and safe to eat. Our quality produce is also traceable from seed-bed through to the supermarket shelf – that’s a whole year’s worth of traceability!
If you’re interested in learning more about our fresh kumara or want to place an order, just place an enquiry via our contact page. You can also call us at 09 439 5545. Our friendly team’s more than happy to meet all your kumara needs.
Secrets of the Soil
Kumara would have to be one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets.
Packed with nutrients, key vitamins and rich in antioxidants, kumara is currently the 7th most popular vegetable in terms of household spend in New Zealand.
A kumara is not in fact an indigenous vegetable to New Zealand but was bought here by the early Maori when they migrated to New Zealand. The varieties they bought were much smaller than the commercial varieties available today, but they were able to survive the long sea voyage and be planted in the alluvial sands of the Northern New Zealand to produce crops. These quickly became a staple food in early Maori diets
The early Maori people planted kumara in the semi-tropical regions of New Zealand with the alluvial plains most suited to propagation of the crop. Their long growing season and the ability for the tubers to last up to a year when harvested and stored correctly made them an ideal staple diet. Once harvested, the tubers were stored carefully in earth pits known as “rua kumara”. These pits enabled the kumara to be stored for long periods and provided an almost continuous food source for the early Maori people.
Our thin-skinned red variety with a softer texture that makes for a quick and easy roasted option.
Purple Dawn Kumara
A purple flesh variety, packed full of nutrients and antioxidants.
The traditional Totoka Gold variety with a golden sken and soft golden flesh. They are best roasted as they tend to have a very soft flesh.
These are commonly enjoyed as 'sweet potato' in many countries. It's rich orange skin and sweet orange flesh makes it a colourful vegetable and a likely candidate for many sweet recipes.
Owairaka Red Kumara
Known as a traditional red kumara, this is the most common variety that has strong roots in New Zealands heritage. Brought from South America in the 1850s, it was quickly adopted as a superior variety.