This is an heirloom variety originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia. Apilla is a somewhat redundant name as it is simply the Aymara word for oca, but I generally don’t rename varieties unless there are duplicates, since that gets confusing quickly.
This is a really nice variety that tends to get overlooked because the color is not as spectacular as some. This is one of the larger varieties by mid November, with an average tuber size in the 3 to 5 inch range. The color is sort of a cream and apricot, although like most varieties it darkens with exposure to light to more of an orange color. There is some red flesh at the core of the tubers. We get good yields from this one, up to two pounds per plant. The flavor fits the classic description of oca, a bit like potato with sour cream. Not as acidic as some though. It is also a good flowerer with a mid-styled flower morph.
What you will receive:
You will receive the stated number of tubers, packaged in a wax envelope. We grade tubers by passing them through a grate. Small tubers are those that won’t fall through a 1/3″ grate, but that will fall through a 1 inch grate. Medium/large tubers are those that will not fall through a 1 inch grate.
Seeds are open pollinated. Because oca is a polyploid hybrid, the seeds will not grow true to type. They are suitable for use in breeding or conservation efforts and could be used to select varieties similar to the parent type.