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Ulluco growing – a year in pictures 2016

Ulluco harvest 2016

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.

 

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Ulluco tubers – how to grow

Yellow, Pica de Pulga, Ravelo Lisa (green) and Purple Ulluco tubers.

About Ulluco

Ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus) are exquisite looking edible Andean root tubers and are members of the plant family Basellaceae which includes Malabar spinach. After the potato it is one of the most widely consumed of the Andean tuber crops, but is almost unknown outside the Andean region where it is grown. Ulluco has many varieties and colours such as the vivid green Ravelo Lisa, the mottled red and yellow Pica de Pulga, Round purple, Chugua Roja, Colombian Long Red, Long Yellow, white spotted, Cusco Market ( an orange variety with pink flecks) and many more. They are found in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentine and Venezuela and are known also as Papa Lisa, Olluco, Ruba, Chugua and Melloco. Continue reading Ulluco tubers – how to grow

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Guild of Oca Breeders

Oca tubers for the 2015 trials

We have joined the Guild of Oca Breeders

The following text is from the Guild of Oca Breeders website www.ocabreeders.org where you can find out more about the project and how to join in. We are very excited to have joined the GOB club and our first trial Oca are flourishing in the field, with even a few flowers appearing on our GOB 1358’s!

About the Guild of Oca Breeders

Set up by @Rhizowen The Guild of Oca Breeders (GOB) is a new and exciting project: a plant breeding club to support the democratisation of the plant breeding process and remove its mystique.

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A stunning winter harvest of edible tubers

Freshly harvested Ulluco, Yellow, Pica de Pulga, Ravelo Lisa and purple varieties.

December is an exciting time for lifting our edible tubers and discovering the buried treasure that has been busy growing under the earth. Vivid red Oca tubers, stunningly beautiful Ulluco tubers, Chinese Artichokes and Jerusalem Artichokes are a welcome harvest when there is not much else to gather in the veg patch.  Continue reading A stunning winter harvest of edible tubers