Category Archives: Food growing

Tamarillo time

It feels like I’ve been away from my blog for ages! I’ve been stuck in bed with the flu for much of this past week. My whole household has had it. I love that nature provides the perfect foods to … Continue reading

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Kumara harvest time again

Over the weekend Mum and I harvested our kumara crop (Maori sweet potatoes). Unlike previous years, this year we only grew one variety. With a deep fuchsia skin, poporo kumara go the most amazingly deep purple when baked and they taste … Continue reading

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Tamarillo chutney

Our two year old tamarillo tree (Solanum betaceum), has produced an absolutely bumper first crop. Unfortunately, two out of three members of our household don’t really like fresh tamarillo, but we’re all fans of tamarillo chutney, so Mum and I … Continue reading

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Kumara harvest

One of the things we harvested this week was our crop of kumara (Ipomoea batatas – Maori sweet potatoes). We get our tupu (young plants) from the Koanga Institute. The institute holds a very special collection of ancient kumara, many of which … Continue reading

Posted in Autumn / Fall, Food growing, Gardening, Our family and animals, Permaculture | 1 Comment

Olive Harvesting

Last weekend, Mum and I participated in one of our favourite annual occasions: olive harvesting at a friend’s property on the Kaipara Harbour. It’s been a long, dry, Mediterranean type summer, and the olive trees had produced a bumper crop. … Continue reading

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