Rauwaru: The Proverbial Garden Ngaweri; Māori Root Vegetables: Their History and Tips on Their Use by Nick RoskrugeJuly 15th, 2015
Two tubers later…Some rights reserved
This book provides extensive information about the horticulture of Māori vegetables from times past.
Information about Pre-European Māori is often hard to come by so this book will be helpful for older students trying to gain a better understanding of this topic. It is well written with input from the tradition knowledge of kaumatua and kuia and relevant academic institutions. The author at the time the book was printed (2014) was the chairman of Tahuri Whenua the National Māori Vegetable Growers’ Collective.
For me the most interesting section of the book is the beginning with its broad overview of traditional Māori horticulture and the specific information relating to the daily rituals associated with growing and preparing food for a meal. There is extensive information relating to the kumara, a topic often studied from primary through to secondary school.
Pupils of Tikitiki Māori District High School wrote the interesting notes were published in Te Ao Hou in December 1958. The inclusion in the book of this, and similar very accessible material, helps to extend its audience.
Within the volume each plant has its own whakapapa, information regarding its botanical status, its contemporary status and its culinary use. Photographs of the plants are clear and relate closely to its content. It is definitely a useful title to include in a school library.
Image: Two tubers later by Wei-Hang Chua on Flickr