[permaculture] Looking for arracacha, maca & melloco sources

Steve Diver steved at ncat.org
Fri Mar 28 11:48:49 EST 2003

Web resources on Andean Roots and Tubers ...

Any nursery sources for Oca, Oxalis tuberosa, for U.S.gardeners?

Steve Diver


International Potato Center // Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP)

Useful Roots & Tubers

About ARTCs -- Andean Roots and Tubers

"Nine Andean species with edible roots and tubers play a major
role in potato-based farming systems. These crops are of great
economic and nutritional importance to subsistence Andean
farmers, and are often used as substitutes for expensive fruits
and vegetables in the diet. They are known in the Quechua Indian
language as achira, ahipa, arracacha, maca, mashua, mauka,
oca, ulluco, yacón."


Andean Roots and Tubers:  Ahipa, Arracacha, Maca, Yacon
Promoting the Conservation and Use of Underutilized and
Neglected Crops

M. Hermann and J. Heller (eds.)
1997. Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant
Research, Gatersleben/International Plant Genetic
Resources Institute (IPGRI). 256 pp.

Source page at CIP

Available for download in pdf as one file (8MB) or by section:

Full download at IPGRI - International Plant Genetic Resources
         8630Kb | PDF

Section by Section downloads at International Potato Center
// Centro Internacional De La Papa (CIP)

Intro (289KB)
Ahipa (2262KB)
Arracacha (4646KB)
Maca (1520KB)
Yacon (868KB)
Contacts (258KB)


Pocket Guide to Nine Exotic Andean Roots and Tubers


1 Ulluco, Ullucus tuberosus |    Basellaceae
2 Oca, Oxalis tuberosa       | Oxalidaceae
3 Mashua, Tropaeolum tuberosum |    Tropaeolaceae


4 Arracacha, Arracacia xanthorrhiza |    Apiaceae
5 Yacón, Polymnia sonchifolia | Asteraceae
6 Mauka, Mirabilis expansa | Nyctaginaceae
7 Achira, Canna edulis | Cannaceae
8 Ahipa, Pachyrhizus ahipa | Leguminosae
9 Maca, Lepidium meyenii | Cruciferae


Lost Crops of the Incas: Little-Known Plants of the Andes
with Promise for Worldwide Cltivation (NAP)

_____ Online version of the classic National Academy
Press book by Noel Vietmeyer et al at NRC/BOSTID


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