Kumara Huti Huti
SHIPMENT DATE: Available to order soon! Send out starts in October but the actual timing varies from season to season. Orders are then sent out each week, mostly in the order received, but the actual send out time of any particular order depends on multiple factors including availability of tupu and speed of growth. Please read ordering information below.
Genus & Species: Ipomoea batatas
Limited to 2 per person
Out of stock
Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Unknown
Quantity: 15 tupu
Description: (aka Tariana, Manawa) – An ancient kumara that has come to us from the old kumara gardens of the Wairau Bar in Marlborough, South Island. A super long white skinned and fleshed variety, prolific cropper with a good flavour. This is a very well known old variety amongst the elders of Te Whanau a Apanui, where it was known as the kumara to take to the beach when one went fishing, to cook on the ashes of the fire. This has been a widely grown and loved kumara all over Maoridom by the stories I am hearing and it seems as though it is a possibility that it was a very old one that was grown in many areas, and selected over long periods in isolated places which meant that we ended up with many slight variations on the theme, just as happened with the old River peaches. It certainly has lots of names even within 1 relatively isolated bio region. It is also clear that it grows quite differently in different soils. For Joseph this one has quite bent and twisted tubers. In our soil here which is quite sandy but with a pan underneath they were pretty long and straight but those grown from our tupu in Torere, were huge and long and totally blemish free, the biggest longest kumara I have ever seen – up to 60 cm long!
Planting Instructions: Kumara need light/ sandy soils (Maori carried sand long distances to improve heavy soils) with a hard pan about a foot under the surface. We plant our kumara in beds that are about 1 metre wide. We shape the bed so a mound runs length ways along it. We then plant the kumara in two rows one on each side of the mound at a spacing of about 12 inches along each row. We stagger them so that the tupu on one side are positioned opposite the middle of the space between two on the other side. Bend the roots of the tupu under into a J -shape when planting so the roots face up to the top again under the ridge of soil, facing east or, in some traditions, north. Traditional additions to the soil were baked ground shell, seaweed, and woodash. We also use compost and Nature’s Garden fertiliser.
If you want to find out more about growing kūmara there is information in our website knowledge base
Important information on ordering:
Due to the need to juggle different varieties being ready and their regrowth rate, tupu will be made available to order after each pick (usually friday).
We will make what we have that week available but there will be more coming so if you miss out don’t worry – if you were on the waiting list we’ll put your name back on for the following pick.
Initially they will be available to members only but this will change as the season progresses.
If you are not on the waiting list then choose the varieties you are interested in, open the product and add your e-mail address.
On send out customers will receive an order note with tracking number to let them know their parcel is posted and to provide planting information