An heirloom variety from the mountains of southern Mexico. Oca was originally introduced to Mexico (as far as we know anyway) by the Spanish in the 1700s and has been grown there since. Apparently there is only this one variety, locally known as papa roja or papa ratona. After exposure, flavor is mildly sweet and sour, like a pie apple. Attractive dark red tubers. Red stems and green foliage. This one may be a bit more tolerant of summer heat. Dormancy seems to be shorter than many varieties, which sometimes causes storage problems.
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.