Oca the “Lost crops of the Incas’

Plot 51 is going South America this year! My Oca tubers, ‘Scarlet with white eyes’ have arrived.

Oxalis tuberosa is a perennial herbaceous plant that overwinters as underground stem tubers and is known as one of the “Lost crops of the Incas’. From the Quechua words okka, oqa, and uqa grown by Quechua and Aymara farmers, oca has been a staple of rural Andean diets for centuries.

They have a lemon taste, and similar to potatoes can be eaten raw, boiled and in salads. Planted in spring I won’t see them again until late November, early December!

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