“New Zealand Red” is a popular name for oca. We’ve managed to collect no less than six varieties with that name, which makes things confusing at times. The Kiwis are no help, as it seems they usually don’t bother labeling the varieties, so nobody can solve the mystery of which is the “real” New Zealand Red. We’ve settled on calling this one “Heirloom Red” as it came to us with a batch of other NZ Heirloom varieties.
This one comes out of the ground pink and darkens up quite a bit over the next few weeks. It’s a nice variety, but not a stand-out for us. Plants were medium sized, same with the tubers, flowering was moderate, and yield as well.
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.