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Oca Cherry Red Potatoes
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Cherry Red oca is typically available beginning in spring to early fall.
Cherry Red ocas are a tuber that look like a stubby wrinkled carrot-like vegetable. This vegetable offers a very agreeable flavor that has just the right balance between a sweet and slightly acidic taste. Some varieties are exceptionally sweet and can even taste like a fruit rather than a tuber. They can be round or elongated in shape and have a firm flesh. They are similar in texture to a potato and are often classified as such for ease of comparison, though they are truly unrelated.
Oca is an excellent source of carbohydrates, calcium, iron and dietary fiber.
Grated in a variety of mixed green salads, Cherry Red oca delivers a delightful crunch and a mildly pleasant sweet-tart flavor. It can even be served raw. Boiled or steamed, the sweet oca pairs well with various fish and shellfish. Experiment with using this unique tuber in any of your traditional recipes calling for a starchy vegetable like potatoes. To store, refrigerate in a crisper drawer or keep cool and dry at room temperature.
Native to the Andean Highlands of South America and discovered around the same time as the potato, oca, pronounced "oh-KAH" is considered to be one of the lost crops of the ancient Incas. They are still largely grown in the Andes simply to feed one's own family and rarely sold on a commercial basis. Only recently has this starchy tuber found its way to New Zealand where it is grown on a larger scale and becoming more commercially available. It is still a very unusual vegetable to find in the United States.
Recipes that include Oca Cherry Red Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Simmer Stock||Oca Salad with Capers and Cornichons|
|Permaculture||Warm Oca Salad|
|The Laughing Gastronome||Roasted New Zealand Oca Yams|