I have mentioned before that we are part of a small Seed Circle on the Over The Gate Forum.
Oxalis Tuberosa is their Latin Name and they do not come cheap so we are extremely grateful that we have been given the chance to grow them for free.
They are enjoying some popularity in the UK at the moment but were once rare in European and American gardens. The New Zealanders have, apparently, been enjoying them since 1869 and in the Andes they are said to be a close rival of the Potato in popularity.
Over at the Real Seeds website, I read that they are one of the 'Lost Crops' of the Incas.
They are slow growers, taking 8 months from planting to harvest, with the Tubers forming properly during the back end of the year.
We have read that they taste like lemony potatoes. Elsewhere we find that if they are dried for several weeks, they taste a bit like dried figs. I am left having no idea what they will taste like but at least they sound as if they are quite versatile.
I have found a recipe for Oca and Bacon and we are keen to try that using some of our Home-Cured Bacon.
I'm quite excited. I like trying new things. I hope they do well. By all accounts they produce masses of Tubers and, if they do, we shall be happy to offer some to anyone who would like to try growing them next year.
Have you tasted Oca?