We had a crop failure with this variety in 2016, so it isn’t available for pre-order while we rebuild stock. We might have some available in the fall, depending on how the weather treats us this year.
This is a variety of mysterious origin, apparently having come at least proximally from Ireland. I don’t know if it originated there as a seedling or if it is originally an heirloom variety from the Andes. My best guess is that it is a seedling out of Ken Aslet. If I knew that to be true, I would probably stop growing it, but since it could be a unique source of Andean genetics, I keep it around.
The flavor of this one is a bit rough. Like any variety, it will become palatable with sufficient cooking, but you probably won’t like this one raw unless you belong to the small group of people who really enjoy the full horseradish and licorice flavor of mashua. The tubers are a sort of cream color that blush red at the tips. The yields are moderate and the tubers tend to be on the small side – three to four inches in length. This one grows very tall on a trellis and is one of the earliest of the fall flowering varieties, so it is worth considering as an ornamental.