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Cyathea smithii. Soft tree fern. Kātote.

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"The iho (heart) of the katote is good to eat, but that of the others [poka and wheki] is bitter. I remember that three of us had a good feed of the heart of a katote at Opiriao (Sandy Bay, near Catlin's). Perhaps katote heart might make good jam - it had a sweet taste" (Māori informant, Beattie 1920).

Informant Tunuku Karetai (Otago Peninsula) had eaten kātote in the south and at Stewart Island and had seen it eaten raw. (Beattie, MS 582/E/11, Hocken).

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28 May 2007
4 July 2020
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