Ulluco growing and harvesting in pictures. In 2016 we grew ten varieties including Chugua Roja, Ravelo Lisa, Round Orange, Yellow Spotted, White Spotted, Colombian Long Red, Purple, Pica de Pulga, Yellow and Cusco Market. Tubers were harvested in mid December.
Start your tubers off in batches, cover with damp compost with the sprouted tip just above the surface. Keep moist.
Starting off undercover allows you to extend the growing season
These have been sprouted in trays in the polytunnel and will be planted out after being hardened off outside in mid to late May.
Sprouted Ulluco tubers ready to plant out
Ulluco ready to plant, sprouted purple tuber that is ready to go in the ground. handle with care as stems are fragile at this stage.
Ulluco planting in May when risk of frost gone
Newly planted Ulluco
Ulluco tuffets! A month or so after planting, the Ulluco plants start to form mounds of succulent leaves.
Ulluco late summer
Ulluco forms a dense ground cover of leaves over the summer
It’s late summer and the Ulluco has formed a dense ground cover.
Dazzling colours of Colombian Long Red and Ravelo Lisa Ulluco tubers.
Some of our harvested tubers side by side, the colours are incredible
Harvested Ulluco, before the tubers have been washed and sorted.
These Ulluco have just come out of the ground
Purple Ulluco tumble out of the ground.
The exquisite colours of ten Ulluco varieties side by side.
Brilliant long yellow tubers with pink spots/flecks.
A tray of Cusco Market Ulluco (on the right) washed and ready to go.
Tubers of all shapes and sizes
A close up shot of these beautiful Colombian Long Red tubers which are long and slightly curved.
The intense colour and beauty of Colombian Long Red and White spotted Ulluco.
Spotted White Ulluco forms tubers with beautiful patterning, sometimes producing solid pink/purple tubers as part of its natural variation.
Freshly washed tubers are the most intense violet colour.
Sorting the tubers into different sizes
Freshly washed tubers, small and medium sized.
These look amazing emerging from the ground.
Some of the larger sized tubers just harvested. Full size tubers can reach 8cm in length.
Colombian Long Red, White spotted & Ravelo Lisa Ulluco, some of our largest tubers harvested 12th December 2016.
This is the largest size that Spotted White can get, the size of a small new potato.
Spotted White Ulluco just harvested from the ground.
Bright green Ravelo Lisa Ulluco against the dark earth
Pica de Pulga Ulluco have vivid yellow skins with red/orange patterning.
A bucket full of Ravelo Lisa
Yellow Ulluco is one of the more well known varieties.
Large Ravelo Lisa tubers.
Ravelo Lisa, our highest yielding variety in 2016.
A handful of purple Ulluco that have bright yellow flesh inside
Chugua Roja have intense purple skins and white crisp flesh.
This image shows some of the larger size purple Ulluco and the potential size they can reach.
Dazzling purple Ulluco emerging from the ground.
Sliced Ulluco, you can see the amazing range of colours of the flesh inside
Some of the larger white spotted Ulluco tubers harvested in December 2016.