HowTo – Cook Kingfern ( Para)
(Matauranga Kura Taiao Project)
This giant para was photographed recently in Aotea. This picture is still loading...
This giant para was photographed recently in Aotea. This picture is still loading...

Finding para (kingfern) these days is cause for great celebration since the majestically grown plants are only found in hard to reach locations around Aotea. Nevertheless they are growing in Aotea to magnificent heights and are a spectacular sight to behold.
The horse-hoof shaped base was considered a great delicacy to eat.
The following steps describe how our kuia (Rangirangi Taylor) prepared the para for eating:
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Look for a mature para. You can tell it is mature by the tuberous mass that has formed around the plant.
Rangirangi Taylor. This picture is still loading...
Rangirangi Taylor. This picture is still loading...
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Cut the roots. This picture is still loading...
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Break off the outer stems and cut the ‘hoof’ on a slant so that water will run off and the para can continue to grow (rot will set otherwise).
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Clean the para.
The para was cooked in the smaller pot while karaka was being cooked in the larger pot at the same time.This picture is still loading...
The para was cooked in the smaller pot while karaka was being cooked in the larger pot at the same time.This picture is still loading...
Rangirangi Taylor. This picture is still loading...
Rangirangi Taylor. This picture is still loading...

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Boil for at least four hours. Allow to cool and eat as if eating riwai (potatoes). Para has its own unique taste.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Rangirangi’s family for allowing us to use these pictures of her.



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