Dark red tubers with minimally contrasting eyes. Only a moderate yielder, but the tubers have good size. After exposure, flavor brings to mind squash and sweet potato, slightly tart. Plants have a bit of red mottling to the foliage. Very often produces somatic mutants with pink tubers. A nice variety, but the similar Pink Dragon is superior. A poor flowerer with very low seed set.
We’re not sure where this variety came from. It appeared among tubers of another variety several years ago. It may have been another variety mixed in when we added new material to the collection or may have arisen as a mutant or (much less likely) a volunteer seedling. We treat it as an unidentified heirloom variety, since that is the most probable origin.
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.