Edibility of Bulbs -Oca

James Waddick via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Mon, 22 Mar 2021 15:18:31 PDT

	My Hy Vee when it opened a few years ago and ’showing off’ had fresh Oca for the first month or longer, then nothing. I asked and the produce managed gave me a blank look. It was very tasty and I would eat it often if it were available. I grew a few bulbs out, but it hated the Kansas City climate.

	Anyone know a reliable source of Oca ?					Jim

> On Mar 22, 2021, at 1:50 PM, Judy Glattstein via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
> Absolutely, piaba. Sacajawea fed quamash to Lewis and Clark. The indigenous locals  reputedly battled over gathering rights.
> Also - Jerusalem artichoke, Helianthus tuberosus, which is neither an artichoke or from Jerusalem. Groundnut, Apios americana. Oca, Oxalis tuberosa, also from the Andes whence came potatoes.
> Jerusalem artichoke is frequently in the supermarket, at the right time of year. I first had oca when Wegman's had some, obtained from Frieda's (great source for produce.) And the Apios showed up in my Connecticut garden - but that was more than a couple of decades ago and I did not think to bring any when we moved.
> Judy

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