Urenika (Maori Potato)

Potatoes are native to South America, arrived here with early European explorers and have been grown in New Zealand for around 200 years. The Urenika is a long potato with dark purple skin and purple flesh that retains its colour when cooked. They are waxy when small and floury when large, Just scrub and cook in the skin, they are great boiled or steamed. Serve with butter when small or make a stunning looking mash when more mature.

Urenika are good keepers so are available most of the time, but more plentiful in summer. Potatoes are high in carbohydrate and fibre, a good source of Vitamin C, some B vitamins and minerals such as potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and the Urenika is also very high in antioxidants.