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Kūmara is better known as the sweet potato back in the States – a type of tuberous root distantly related to the potato that is high in fiber with yellow to red flesh. While the Maori originally brought the yellow-skinned variety with them from Polynesia, there are now several kinds widely available, all bearing the name kūmara. What are known as yams here in NZ are actually the oco, another tuberous root vegetable. Neither kūmara nor oco are endemic to New Zealand, but both grow extremely well and have been incorporated into the local diet.

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