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Oca - New Zealand Yam


 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:14 am    Post subject: Oca - New Zealand Yam Reply with quote

Just a note on Oca as an unusual garden veg.
It is easy to grow in our climate, resists blight etc.
It is a firm small waxy crinkled tuber with an unusual tangy, acidic nutty, fruity flavour. It can be eaten grated raw in salads or cooked like any potato.
Its great to dig them at this time of year, to see new food come out of the ground after the frost, like new potato's in the winter.

I got the original seed from Cristophe and Ciara on Clare Island in Mayo - he runs Macalla farm. As far as I know is the only person in Ireland who supplies Oca as seed.
His website is http://www.ecofarm.ie

If you do buy seed from him, please be sure to mention that you heard about the farm from me, that way I can try to blag a few free ones from him this year.

If you are interested in growing Oca then there is a really good blog run by a dude called Ian Pearson over in London - check it out for all Oca questions.
http://oca-testbed.blogspot.com/



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