Kumara (Maori origin) or Ipomoea batatas or sweet New Zealand potato is a favorite vegetable of the inhabitants of modern New Zealand, where it was brought 800 years ago by the first New Zealand settlers - Maori, who arrived from the Pacific Islands.
Interestingly, there are two versions of the true homeland of the origin of the Kumara. On the one hand, there is scientific evidence that coumara originally grew on the islands of Polynesia, Melanisia, the East Indian Islands and the Phillipines, on the other hand, recent cytogenetic studies have revealed evidence of an indisputable relationship between cougar and the American wild type of potato growing in Mexico, which proves the possibility prehistoric voyages of Native Americans to Polynesia or vice versa.
According to the Maori cultural tradition, kumara was used on solemn occasions and required a state of the world for cultivation, therefore, symbolically, kumara is associated with peace and prosperity. Rongo, the Maori god of peace and agriculture, was the father of Kumara.
Kumar looks and tastes like sweet potatoes - red, orange or gold. Kumara is incredibly easy to digest and is a rich source of potassium, antioxidants, vitamins C and B6, calcium and iron - therefore it is recommended for the prevention of digestive tract diseases, ulcers, blood circulation, blood pressure and even cancer. The vegetable is recommended for use in case of problems with the spleen and pancreas, as well as for nursing mothers. Carbohydrate-rich sweet kumar provides good energy and is a healthy alternative to sugary snacks.