Ahipa (Pachyrhizus ahipa)
Status: November 2016: I hate to disappoint, but we didn’t produce enough seed this year to offer the new ahipa varieties. The good news is that we did harvest seed from all of them, so it is just a matter of time until we build up sufficient reserves. Hopefully we’ll be able to offer them in late 2017.
Ahipa is one of the rarest of the Andean root crops. It is a bean that produces an edible storage tuber. The tuber is generally eaten raw, like a fruit, similarly to yacon. It is starchier and a little sweeter than yacon. Ahipa is quite similar to jicama, which is a member of the same genus.