One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Maori oven consisting of a hollow in the earth in which food is cooked on heated stones.
- ‘I know how to prepare an umu or earth oven.’
- ‘In an out-door pit that Tongans call an umu, a whole pig is roasted with foods like chicken, fish, meat, sweet potatoes, fish and taro (a starchy tuber).’
- ‘The feast is overflowing with pork, delivered whole on spits from underground umu ovens.’
- ‘Similar ovens were constructed by the Maori in New Zealand but, although they were called umu ti, the plant baked was a different species, the New Zealand cabbage tree, Cordyline australis.’
- ‘Food is prepared in an umu, an oven dug in the earth and filled with firewood and basalt rocks.’
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