This is a very nice variety with large tubers, good yields, and fairly early tuber formation. It appears that it might be a mutation of Sunset, as it is very similar to that variety in every trait but skin color. While Sunset produces orange-skinned tubers, Cherry Red has red tubers, as you might expect. Occasionally, we find a tuber that has partially or completely mutated to orange skin, which prompted this speculation. Whatever its origin, this is a superior variety that produces reliably for us. The tubers look a lot nicer than our picture suggests – I really need to take a new one. This was originally a food import, so it is most likely a New Zealand variety.
Nerd alert: Our original supplier mentioned that this variety has appeared in several Star Trek episodes as an alien vegetable and we finally spotted it in Star Trek Voyager in an episode called “The Voyager Conspiracy”. Total screen time is less than a second, so you have to be watching closely to see it. There is a screenshot in the gallery.
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.