Poire de terre

Real Seeds’ handy little advice note gave this as an alternative name for yacon, which I thought rather pretty. Ours turned up today, hurray! We understand it is pretty tasty and coincidentally today Patrick from Bifurcated Carrots has a detailed post on various Inca vegetables…I see some more future guests for our garden there, but for this year we’ll have our hands full – hopefully – with the yacon.

http://www.patnsteph.net/weblog/?p=304

He links to a post on In The Toad’s Garden with some nice pictures of the two different types of tuber yacon produces – I’m interested to see there are various strains of yacon with different colours:

http://toads.wordpress.com/2007/11/02/yacon-sweet-treat-from-the-andes/

Our five growing tips have been potted straight in to nice compost and watered – they’ll join the oca in an unheated room until we’re sure they’re strong enough and conditions are appropriate. Fortunately the advice note with them says to expect 4′ by 2′ plants, as we will probably grow them to maturity in containers…some sources suggest they can reach 2m!

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