This is an heirloom variety originally from Cusco, Peru. Collected by Ben Kamm of Sacred Succulents; variety names that begin with BK are his collection numbers.
Oca tubers mostly fall into two categories of shape: long and thin or short and fat. This is one of the better examples of the short and fat type. Tubers are mostly in the two to three inch range, but are typically about 2/3 as wide as they are long. The skin is cream colored with red eyes, becoming pink with exposure to sunlight. The tubers sometimes have voids. This doesn’t affect edibility or flavor and is probably related to varying growth rate. This is a low acidity variety with a flavor somewhere between potato and winter squash. This variety is typically in the lower half of yields for us. Red stems with green foliage. A shy flowerer with a short-styled flower.
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.