Why we love – kūmara

We believe kūmara is one of the most perfect first foods for your baby.  Being a root vegetable it is one of the vegetables with the highest sources of carbohydrate which is perfect for our fast growing babies (1). Kūmara also has a delicious creamy texture when pureed which is generally well accepted by babies.  And it has a beautiful colour and taste making it perfect for our little Future Foody’s.

Kūmara is a source of dietary fibre making it great for our babies gut health, digestive tract and bowel health as well as being a good source of folate, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and a good source of niacin, thiamine, copper and magnesium and contains potassium which are all required for growth, development and immunity (2) (3) (4).

Kūmara has a long history of cultivation in New Zealand.  Kūmara was brought here over one thousand years ago from the Pacific islands by early Maori settlers.  Pre-European Maori managed kūmara-growing with great skill. They grew several different varieties of ‘bush’ kūmara, which, compared to the varieties we eat today, were very small in size, being no bigger than a finger. Modern kūmara grows on a creeping vine and evolved from a larger American variety with bigger tubers and better taste which was imported in the early 1850s (4).



  1. Ministry of Health (2008) Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Infants and Toddlers (Aged 0-2): a background paper.
  2. Laursen M, Bahl M, Michaelsen K (2017) First Foods and Gut Microbes. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:356
  3. Aggett P. J., Agostoni C., Axelsson I., Edwards C. A., Goulet O., Hernell O., et al. (2003).Nondigestible carbohydrates in the diets of infants and young children: a commentary by the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition.  Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 36 329–337. 10.1097/00005176-200303000-00006
  4. vegetables.co.nz