Story: Māori foods – kai Māori

Kawakawa tea

This series of photographs shows the simple process of making kawakawa tea. First, pick fresh leaves of the kawakawa tree, a common native shrub. Leaves with holes eaten by insects are especially suitable because they have the most concentrated medicinal properties. Boil the leaves in water for up to 10 minutes, then strain off and drink the fresh liquid. Although this tea can be enjoyed for its taste alone, according to Māori tradition kawakawa is one of the most valuable natural medicines.

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Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, 'Māori foods – kai Māori - Modern cuisine', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/40270/kawakawa-tea (accessed 23 September 2019)

Story by Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, published 5 Sep 2013