This item is a pre-order for our 2017 crop, to be delivered between fall 2017 and spring 2018.
Tropaeolum tuberosum var lineamaculata. Although edible like all mashua varieties, Ken Aslet is more commonly grown as an ornamental. It was reportedly discovered by its namesake at the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Wisley, UK as a volunteer seedling. It is often claimed to be a day neutral variety, but we would describe it more as a “intermediate daylength” variety. It does flower and form tubers earlier than most other mashua varieties, but that means late summer rather than early fall. It appears to initiate flowering at day lengths below 14 hours (it flowers here at 47N latitude starting in early September and will also flower in spring if planted early enough.)
A pungent variety, with a flavor like horseradish pickled in cheap perfume. Although thorough cooking mellows it to a more turnip-like flavor, you shouldn’t buy this one for its fine flavor. Buy Ken Aslet because it is a nice ornamental edible that is beloved by hummingbirds or so that you can breed its earlier tuberization into better tasting mashuas.
Cream to yellow skin with red eyes and striations. Most tubers are 2 to 4 inches in length. Low yielding for mashua.
Contains enough material to grow at least two plants. There may be two tubers, two pieces, or a large tuber that can be cut in two.