Monday, 10 November 2014

Food and Foliage

Poroporo is a now relatively rare native small tree, once widely cultivated by New Zealand Maori for berries and medicinal use. 

Like potato, the green berries are highly poisonous, only fully ripe berries should be eaten.

New totara tree growth contrasts with the more sombre draping rimu branches, background, while the glossy karaka can be seen amongst the rimu.

A flowering Karaka tree. Possibly introduced by Maori for food, Karaka has a large nut with a thin veneer of orange pulp and in its raw form the nut is poisonous.

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