Andes Jewels Oca Tubers
Andes Jewels Oca Tubers –Oxalis tuberosum are yellow with red blush and pink eyes. Expect fat tubers from this variety!
Oca is a traditional food native to the Andes region of South America. These Oca were re-introduced by Dr. Alan Kapuler, PhD, public domain plant breeder, of Peace Seeds in Corvallis. These are round to cylindrical tubers 1–6″ long. Sprawling succulent stems. Grow similar to potatoes. Traditionally the tubers are exposed to sun and cold for several days after harvest to increase sweetness. Light exposure also enriches the vivid colors.
Latin Name: Oxalis tuberosa
Site and Soil: Andes Jewels Oca Tubers do well in full sun to partial shade in well drained soil, loose soil pH 5.3-7.8.
Bearing Age: Perennial tubers, can be harvested annually
Size at Maturity: 2-3 feet tall, sprawling
‘Ripening’ Time: November-January
USDA Zone: 5-9