We dutifully waited 2 weeks after frost had killed the Oca tops, before putting digging fork to ground in search of the anticipated trove of ruby red oca. We didn’t know quite what to expect, as the growing season had been shorter than we would have liked – ideally, you’d want to harvest your oca in late December or even January. We were delighted to find these beauties nestled under the leaf mulch:


Not quite as many and not quite as big as we would have liked, but wonderfully crunchy and full of flavor. It’s enough for a few meals and plenty of seed for a real crop next year. Oca is definitely a keeper in our garden: tasty, low maintenance, easy to harvest, and mercifully immune to slugs and mildew. The clover-like foliage is quite attractive in its own right.

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