Know Your Andean Root Vegetables: Part 1

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We have been very lucky to find an artist who can translate my crude scribbling into a beautiful finished product.  Here is a handy introduction to the major Andean root crops: Mashua, Oca, Potato, Ulluco, and Yacon.  There is also a two page flier with the same information attached below.     Click here for […]

Mashua and Ulluco: Rainy day seedlings

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Mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum) is one of the few Andean root crops that is reportedly easy to grow from seed.  It is happy self- or cross-pollinating and produces lots of flowers which grow into clusters of 3 to 4 seeds.  The seeds are regarded as easy to germinate.  They come up sometimes as volunteers in mild […]

Ulluco: If you’re not bored yet, I’ll keep working on it

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Well, it appears that we have cracked the ulluco code.  Since our first volunteer seedling last year, we have now sprouted three more seeds under controlled conditions.  I couldn’t be more pleased.  In addition to being one of my favorite plants, I’ve spent more time in the pursuit of ulluco seed than anything else that […]

Ulluco: Seedling Progress

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On February 6th, I noticed that our first ulluco seed had sprouted in the greenhouse.  In the three weeks since then, it has grown pretty rapidly, judging by the results reported by Lempiainen in 1989 in the paper Germination of the Seeds of Ulluco.  As of today (day 21), the seedling has opened 3 sets […]

How yacon can help you to lose weight

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This post is dedicated to all of the yacon spammers trying to put comments on our blog and Youtube videos peddling their pills and potions and stealing our images. Yacon can help you to lose weight and make you happier!  I am certain of this.  Here is the secret: 1. Get yourself a yacon plant, […]

Mauka: First year results

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I was lucky enough to get a few mauka seeds this year and had good results growing them out.  We grew a few in the greenhouse and others in an unskinned hoop house, planning to skin it before cold weather arrived.  But, cold weather arrived unexpectedly, so that didn’t happen. I dug the eight unprotected […]