Randall P. Linke randysgarden@gmail.com
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 08:49:50 PST
I have never heard of this, but all things gastronomical pique my
curiosity.  Did a web search that came up pretty sparse on actual recipes
but one site offered this:

The oca can be prepared like most root vegetables by being
baked <http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Baked> or
In the Andes it is part of
soups <http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Soups>; served like
potatoes <http://cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php/…> or can be
served as a sweet. Oca is eaten raw in Mexico with
lemon <http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Lemon> and hot

Also seems it is established in New Zealand where they refer to it as New
Zealand Yam, so that may bring up some results.  If I ever find it locally
I will have to try it.


On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 6:57 AM, James Waddick <jwaddick@kc.rr.com> wrote:

> Dear Friends,
>        It is apparently Oca 'season'. Oca is Oxalis tuberosa, an
> edible member of this genus native to highland parts of South America
> and long cultivated there for food.
>        A few years ago a kind member of PBS (Thanks Liz) sent me a
> package of tubers to try eating and growing. I soon found that
> growing them was pretty worthless in my climate and the plant is NOT
> ornamental - at least here in Kansas City. I did like the taste, but
> the trouble and cost of 'importing' from California didn't seem worth
> the trouble.
>        This year a new jumbo super market opened nearby (Hy Vee) and
> in the last few weeks they have been selling jumbo fresh Oca for only
> $1.99 per pound, a real bargain price. They have only sold what
> appears to be a single cultivar with smooth red tubers.  I know there
> are also yellow tuber cvs and probably many more in Peru.  I have
> been enjoying these on a regular basis.
>        So does anyone have a slightly off topic recipe for enjoying
> these unique tubers? Generally they are prepared like potatoes, but
> have a sweeter taste and cook much faster. I'm open to trying new
> versions after enjoying them a few different and obvious ways.
>                Thanks.                 Jim W.
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