[permaculture] Re: Looking for arracacha & melloco

L.SantoyoDesigns santoyo at earthflow.com
Fri Mar 28 13:54:26 EST 2003

Kieth, Sharon, Steve & All, thanks for the info...

I'm especially looking for Arracacha and Melloco to add to my 
collection... I first wanted to check to see if someone on this list 
could supply me...

I too got Oca and Mashua from Alan Kapular.  As you would expect, 
they did very well in California's cold central coast foggy summers. 
(all our Andean Crops are doing well here)

The Oca yielded at least 10X what we planted...  don't mound them up 
too early or too much, some of ours rotted before tubers set.  They 
set the tubers late fall and we harvested colorful tubers in early 
winter... The ones we didn't save for planting we ate in one 
Celebratory Meal... Delicious!  I start some early in the ground and 
some in pots in the greenhouse and will plant those mid summer, in 
the ground, as big plants for larger tubers... we'll see.

Next year, if you can wait, we will have enough Oca and Mashua, as 
well as, Yacon and Achira for sale...

Larry Santoyo
the Learning Center of Natural Design
San Luis Obispo County, Calif.

>  > Any nursery sources for Oca, Oxalis tuberosa, for U.S.gardeners?
>>  Regards,
>>  Steve Diver
>The plant breeder Alan Kapuler has been growing oca in Corvallis, OR, for
>the past couple of years, I believe. Selection still at earlyish days
>(smallness the main issue, I believe), but he may well have some tubers to
>part with. Either way, I suspect he has some valuable insights into
>propagation and breeding strategies. He ain't a web wonk, but his phone
>numbah is 541-752-0421
>Alan was largely responsible for handholding mashua into the extended care
>of our local alternative ag tribe just a couple of years back. Mashua is
>emerging as quite the power plant. Exceedingly fat, happy and prolific
>hereabouts. So much so that almost immediately, mashua found its way into
>our localized health food stores where it flies orff the shelves. Produce
>managers can't get enough of it. Very much the exotic food plant that has
>created a big stir hereabouts. It has been interesting to witness such
>explosive Cultural adaptation.

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