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Sachal is a Cultivariable original variety, introduced in 2020. It is notable for producing a very large number of small tubers and a more mucilaginous texture, making it a good soup ulluco.
Sachal has an earthy flavor, about mid-range for ulluco varieties. The texture is very smooth. Tubers are mostly bite sized and yellow inside and out. These traits make it an excellent soup variety, needing only to be rinsed and thrown into the soup pot, where it will thicken the broth while also holding together even with long boiling. The yellow color is lost with long boiling.
Sachal plants are large and spreading and will produce tubers over about an 18 inch radius at maturity. There are few or no central tubers with this variety and all tubers form on descending stolons. As a result, the tubers are smaller and more numerous. Sachal can produce per plant tuber counts in excess of 300, with most of the tubers between one and two inches at full maturity. Average yield is 1.8 pounds at mid-November. Color develops with maturity, starting as white and darkening to yellow. I have collected true seeds from this variety.
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