Kumara leaves are edible and can be used in salads.

They are a warm weather plant, so do not plant until after Labour Weekend. The vines grow like topsy so when the vines run off in all directions, lift them up and flip them back on themselves. If you don't do this, they will put down roots at every node and won't grow tubers.

Grow slips from a tuber. Once they have reached about 20 cm twist them off and plant out. They should be planted in a J shape with the rooted portion running horizontal across the hole. Well water for several weeks. Plant in shallow mounds about 20 cm high. Space 40 cm apart with 80cm between rows.

The kumara need to be cured before storing. Brush the soil off but don't wash them. Lay them in the sun for several days. Carefully wrap each one in newspaper and store indoors at 14-16ºC. They will last through winter.

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