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OCA - 5 TUBERS, Ready NOW

FOR SALE From Mid MAY  until  OCTOBER

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SKU17213

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This delightful annual tuber from the Andes region of South America is becoming increasingly popular. Sometimes known as NZ yam it is a delicacy favoured by Maori people. It is a staple crop second only to the potato with which it is usually grown often in the same bed. It is a little more prone to frost attack in cold areas so is best planted when any severe frosts have passed. The day-length sensitive tubers develop best after the autumn equinox and can reach 13cm long and 4cm in diameter but are mostly a little smaller than that. The crop is very tolerant of poor soils and low nutrient inputs but does best in rich fertile slightly damp soil. It grows in a very wide pH range, from 5.3 - 7.8. Plant each tuber about 4cm deep in rows 75-100cm apart and space the plant 40-60cm apart. They yield best when hilled in the same way as one does with potatoes. Yields are greater when a nitrogenous ground cover such as lucerne or peas is inter-planted. Harvest the tubers when the plant has completely died down in late autumn or early winter but before the soil becomes waterlogged. Oca is a very versatile food which needs very little cooking and is delicious when eaten raw in salads or as a snack. When boiling or steaming add oca for only enough time before the final cooking to just heat them up. When used in stir-fries, toss them into the wok about one minute before lifting it from the heat. The tubers become quite sweet when placed in a sunny position in the house for 4-5 days before cooking. They are a great new versatile food source and there are a myriad of ways an experimental chef can use them.

QTY 5 Medium sized tubers

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