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Mashua is a tuberous Nasturtium, extremely hardy and well suited to our cold temperate maritime climate in Ireland. It provides an abundant of leaves throughout the growing season and flowers late in the season. These are both mild and are very tasty addition to any salad. The tubers are spicy and best grated into a salad or roasted whole in the oven.
It has been used by humans for 8000 years and has been in cultivation for about 1400 years in Peru and Bolivia at over 3000 meters above sea level. The whole plant is edible.
In spring, when it’s still cold and not much else is growing, mashua takes off to an early start and it almost takes over the place with it’s climbing shoots. In fall it flowers and retracts back into fresh tuberous stored underground for the winter well protected from the frost. No artificial storage and replanting required, same as the potato and the oca when using wood chip mulch. In our gardens they have been coming back year after year more vigorous. The Latin name is: (Tropaeolum tuberosum)
Beautiful Ornamental plants and edible tubers! Vigorous tubers are freshly harvested on the day of purchase and posted unwashed for extra preservation. More info below. Tubers are available from November to April. Buy more get more extra free. Free postage on additional items!