Found this video completely by accident and found a farmer from the Andes producing ulluco/melloco in the traditional way. Kinda envious because I couldn't do that in my soil as it currently stands.
Also has a video on mashua, but other than seeing how big the harvest is, I didn't glean too much interesting stuff from it. But my Spanish is rusty and the dialect throws me off. You can probably translate the subtitles if you're on a computer.
Anita Martin wrote:Very interesting, I had never heard of that plant before. There is a German wikipedia article on it.
The man in the video talks about being part of the very traditional and somewhat reduced diet of oca, mashua (have to find out what this is), ulluco and corn.
What a lovely dark rich soil he has! On the next field there seem to be broad beans.
Yeah. These are all traditional Andean crops (other than the broad beans, which have unfortunately supplanted the traditional tarwi.) I've been wanting to grow them all since I found out about then almost 15 years ago, but this year looks like the first year that I'll get the chance. They won't grow well in most parts of the world because they're short day tuberizers (IIRC, ulluco will set some tubers early, but the main crop forms under short days.) I'm most parts of the world, that's after the first fall frosts, which will kill the plants. Mashua and oca will perform well in my climate, but ulluco is still pretty challenging from what I've read.