In the coming weeks we will be harvesting our mashua crop. If you are interested in purchasing, please select the 'Notify Me' button on the Mashua page and you will be sent an email as soon as they are in stock.
Here is a little more information about these amazing and versitile tubers:
Tropaeolum tuberosum is a root crop that originates from the Andes Mountains of South America, specifically in Peru and Bolivia. Evidence exists of ancient use of mashua, as far back as 8000 years ago, with introduction to Europe circa 1827.
A beautiful, climbing Nasturtium with deep orange-red trumpet flowers in autumn. The plant can climb from 8 to 12 feet. The spicy young leaves are fantastic in salad. The flowers are sweet with a bit of aniseed flavour. The tubers which are produced in winter have a lovely pepper/radish flavour when fresh and when cooked tastes similar to turnip. They can reach up to 4 inches long and have a shiny, waxy skin that cleans easily.
Mashua have many health benefits one of which is its high levels of vitamin C found in the tubers and can have twice as much as an orange.
Mashua can be eaten both raw and cooked. Try thinly slicing or grating into a salad, roasting, baking or frying them.