Puca-añu is a Peruvian heirloom variety originally brought to the USA by Oregon Exotics. We have Oregon Exotics to thank for importing many varieties of Andean tubers in the years before laws in both the US and South America made it virtually impossible to import new varieties.
This is another really attractive variety. Tubers are cream to yellow with purple markings. The markings make every tuber different and interesting to look at. They tend to be long and narrow, up to a foot long, although more commonly about half that. This isn’t one of our favorites as an edible. The flavor is nearly as pungent as Ken Alset and the yield is fairly low for mashua. It does have one really great feature though: the flowers are red, as opposed to the orange color of every other variety in our collection. It is a fall flowerer, but if your growing season is long enough, this can make a nice ornamental companion to Ken Aslet.