Edibility of Bulbs -Oca

Judy Glattstein via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Mon, 22 Mar 2021 16:03:26 PDT
If you want to grow it, OneGreen World offers *seven* different cultivars


Personally, I'm with Jim - I'd rather buy them to cook. Wegman's had 
them, when they opened. Even had fresh truffles! at a stupendous price 
but like all mushrooms they don't weigh very much so $8 got me a small, 
fragrant truffle with which to indulge myself. What else would I get for 
that sum that would seem so luxurious. Anyhow, once we were sucked in 
with oca and truffles they reduced back to potatoes and baby bella 
mushrooms. Such is life.


On 3/22/2021 6:18 PM, James Waddick via pbs wrote:
> Friends,
> 	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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