Kumarahou Decocotion

Kumarahou Decocotion

Dean Fountain

Boil 2 generous handfuls of fresh Kumarahou leaves in cold water for 20-30 minutes.

Strain and filter the liquid into a clean container.

Take 1 cup of blackberries and cover with the strained kumarahou water (decoction) bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Strain and filter into another another clean container.

Place 1 cup of strained blackberry and kumarahou liquid into a pot with 2 cups of cold water and bring to the boil. Add 2 cups of sugar and simmer gently until sugar has completely dissolved.

Pour into labelled bottles and store in the refrigerator – treat as if its a cough syrup.  While it might be alcohol free and tastes a little more pleasant than the kumarahou I endured as a child remember its loaded with sugar.

Don’t forget to return your plant material to the bush.

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Nadia Tamihana
Nadia Tamihana
Kia Ora enjoy reading your recipes and tips Nadia , member of Aotearoa rongoa
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