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Mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum) is an attractive climbing plant related to the nasturtium, which produces edible tubers. The tubers can be roasted, baked, fried and boiled and used in soups and stews etcetera. The leaves and pretty orange flowers (if they are produced) are also edible.
Mashua is a ‘replant perennial’. Plant the tubers in spring (after the risk of frost has passed) about 60cm apart and 8cm deep. (Until planting store the tubers in a cool, dark, humid place – don’t allow them to get too dry). The tubers are not frost-hardy so they are best harvested in autumn after the first frosts have caught the foliage. (Autumn planting is possible – and is something I am experimenting with – but there is a risk of cold damage. If you try it plant the tubers extra deep).
Price is for 2 medium tubers.