Status: We’re switching over to growing sale quantities of ullucos from our breeding program instead of the old heirlooms. As a result, we will have very little ulluco to offer this year, probably just one variety. I expect that we’ll have somewhere between 20 and 40 of our own varieties in the catalog by the end of 2018.

Ulluco Growing Guide

Four important tuber crops were developed in the Andes: potato, oca, mashua, and ulluco (oo-YOO-ko). Ulluco is probably the most widely consumed of these crops after the potato, but is almost unknown more than a day’s drive from the high altitudes in the Andes where it is grown. The tubers are particularly beautiful, mostly vivid yellow, orange, or red/purple, colors that are created by high concentrations of pigments that act as antioxidants. The flavor is starchy like a potato, but also earthy like a beet and the texture is firmer than either one. The leaves are also commonly eaten, raw or cooked. Ulluco is a tricky plant to grow, disliking heat that much exceeds 70 degrees, and requiring a frost-free growing season through at least mid-November.