This page is an open source resource guide for mashua. It is for growing and maintaining the most bio-diverse, delicious, and broadly applicable mashua selection possible. It contains cultural considerations, planting guidelines, descriptions, and the best places we’ve found for purchasing the species we’ve listed. As part of the One Community Highest Good food component of global transformation, this page will continue to evolve indefinitely to contain maintenance and care tips, accessioning and plant breeding and sharing information as part of the One Community open source botanical garden model, and even recipe’s, preparations, and preservation methods used on the property.
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Note: The photos and varietal descriptions for mashua are largely taken from Ben Kamm’s Sacred Succulents website. Ben has done a great deal to bring these forgotten vegetables to the attention of North American gardeners, traveling to the Andes and bringing back these treasures before they are lost. We will be buying our stock of these plants from the Sacred Succulent nursery, and recommend others to support this worthy enterprise.
Mashua is one of a complex of traditional root crops from high elevations in the Andes mountains. They are adapted to cold dry climates but may require frost protection in the autumn, since the tubers do not begin to form until after the equinox. The tubers are usually pale, white, or yellow and sometimes striped with purple or red. They are rather peppery in flavor when raw, but this quality disappears when cooked.
Plant tuber pieces or plants in early spring. Protect small plants with row covers or other protection if last frost threatens. Feed with compost dressings through the growing season but avoid manures or other high nitrogen sources, as these can cause rot. Vines will tolerate light frosts, but heavy frost will kill vines to the ground. Harvest tubers after vines have died down.
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|REF #||VEGETABLES||VARIETY||SOURCE||QUANTITY||UNIT COST||TOTAL COST|
|GMas#5||Mashua||Mashua Blanco||SS||5 tubers||$8.5||$42.5|
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This section will evolve to include accessioning and plant breeding and sharing information as part of the One Community open source botanical garden model.
This section will evolve to include testimonials, recipe’s, preparations, and preservation methods used on the property first, and then later with additional information from other Highest Good collaborators and teacher/demonstration hubs.
Couresy of Only Foods & Wikipedia:
Courtesy of cipotato.com:
Despite its high nutritional value, mashua is not widely commercialized. Because it is used in traditional medicine to regulate libido (the Incas reportedly used it to dampen sexual desire in campaigning armies), men are reluctant to eat it.
Recipe courtesy of: Thirteen Vegetables
|Total Time: 30 min
Prep: 15 min
|Yield: 4 Servings
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