A large leaf of wild ulluco covering the palm of a man's hand

Ulluco, Leaf, 10 small (2018 PRE-ORDER)

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Product Description

ulluco-Wild-tuber-exteriorThis item is a pre-order for our 2017 crop, to be delivered between fall 2017 and spring 2018.

Leaf ulluco, or wild ulluco, is a subspecies of the domesticated ulluco: Ullucus tuberosus ssp. aborigineus.  Leaf ulluco is a triploid, while domesticated ulluco is generally diploid.  This makes the two incompatible for breeding purposes; in fact, triploid plants like leaf ulluco are generally unable to reproduce sexually at all.  The tubers of leaf ulluco are smaller than those of the domesticated varieties, ranging from roughly the size of beans to Brazil nuts.  Yields are also lower – perhaps a quarter to a third of that produced by the better varieties of domesticated ulluco.  But, you don’t really grow leaf ulluco for its tubers…

The leaves of wild ulluco have a mild earthy flavor like the tubers and make a nice addition to salads.  They can also be cooked and make a good substitute for spinach.  The plant has long trailing vines, which ultimately produce a lot more leaf matter than the domesticated types.  Since the tuber yields aren’t impressive, you aren’t losing out on tuber production by harvesting the leaves.  In mild climates, wild ulluco will regrow from the tubers every year, giving you a perennial leaf crop.

For best results, grow leaf ulluco on mounds.  Plant the tubers around the top of the mound and let the vines trail down.  Raised beds also work well.  The crop is difficult to manage on flat ground due to the long non-climbing vines.

Our leaf ulluco is a mix of varieties with different vine lengths, but otherwise very little difference.

Packet details:

10 small tubers

Additional Information

Weight 0.1 lbs
Dimensions 4 x 2 x 1 in
Pack size

5 pack

True Breeding

No

Origin

Heirloom

Licensing

Public Domain

Yield

Low

Skin Color

Purple

Flesh Color

Pink

Flowering

Intermediate

Climate

Marine West Coast (PNW)

Tuber Initiation

Mid-Fall

Product Type

Tubers

Availability

Pre-Order

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