Robin Carrier robin@no1bird.com
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 08:51:54 PST
thanks you for that contribution.  very interesting.  i'm afraid of "strange 
fruit.  a fault, i know.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Waddick" <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:57 AM
Subject: [pbs] Oca

> 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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