Masses of mashua and plenty to spare

Further to my post on 7 January 2016 I have had a chance at last to dig up some of the mashua harvest – this is the haul from what was either one or two plants.  The tubers were all clustered tightly together and just kept on coming.  There were over 125 of them weighing 3.8 kg in total.

masses of muddy mashua

masses of muddy mashua

 

I have to say they are not my absolute favourite vegetable but they are fine in small quantities in stir fries and roasted vegetables; however when my partner cooked some with lots of others in a hearty veg curry yesterday they absorbed the curry spices and did not have any of that disntictively peppery flavour that can be a bit strong.  So that is the way we will mainly be eating them I think.

all cleaned up

all cleaned up

Having said that we cannot eat this many, and there are lots more still to harvest, so the question is if anyone would like some to plant for the coming season, please let me know, particularly if you could distribute some to other people as well.  There is no charge for the tubers but as they are heavy I may ask for a contribution for postage.

Update on 7th February – I have allocated all the tubers dug up the other day, but expect there will be more next time I can get out to harvest.  So do let me know if you would like some after that.

About Anni Kelsey

Author of Edible Perennial Gardening and avid researcher into edible perennials and associated useful plants.
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17 Responses to Masses of mashua and plenty to spare

  1. Hiya Annie, I have a mass of tubers too I really rate them in a food forest/ forest garden setting. Any way I have a friend Charlie Moreton who is working for a lady in Devon creating a forest garden and he has emailed me yesterday wanting a lot of Mashua for this project. As I need Mashua for here in Totnes and Newport Pembs. I’m unable to help with this request but I’m sure he’d be very grateful of any tubers.
    If you can help then I can put you in touch.
    Kind Regards Nigel

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  2. Sam Williams says:

    Hi Anni,

    Thanks for keeping up a great blog. I’d be happy to re-home some mashua tubers at my allotment & would be more than happy to pay for postage. Whatever you can spare would be welcome.

    Cheers,
    Sam

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  3. We’re actually putting in a small food forest this year and wouldn’t mind re-homing some for you! We take things to the farmers market all the time, so I’ll make sure to return the favor! If you like, just email me! bcoffmanart@gmail.com

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  4. Gaynor Bailey says:

    Hi Annie I would love some of these if possible and of course I will cover any costs you need. My crop was a total failure this year, I tried to grow one in a tub under a tree but it never climbed up the tree and was just a total failure.
    Thanks Annie
    Gaynor

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  5. If they like forest gardens than i would be up for some too please to spread round Ayrshire. Anything that can cope with less sunshine and is hardy is great. postage and costs of course

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  6. Bill Wright says:

    I Anni. Ilive in Sunderland sr2 9qd. Could you give me any idea of postage Thanks. Bill

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  7. Bill Wright says:

    Hi Anni. Are the Mashua hardy as I live up North,Can you give me any idea of postage . Thanks . Bill

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  8. melanie bolt says:

    Good morning,
    I have just stubbled upon your blog and would love the opportunity to grow these, if you still have some spare. Happy to pay postage.
    Regards
    Mel

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  9. Hi Anni, I would love to give some tubers a new home up in the north west of Scotland. Happy to pay postage if you still have some left. Cheers!

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  10. Simon says:

    Hi Anni,
    if you have any from your next crop I would love some. My crop failed after a successful crop the first year but think it’s time to try again. I was thinking I would try growing in potato bags and bring into the polytunnel when it looks like getting cold. I did that with oca this year and they did well. More than happy to pay postage. Thanks, Simon.

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  11. Hi Anni I would love some if you have any left over next time. There are a couple of people on my allotment site that would also love to try these so I would share them out. My crop failed miserably last year so never got any to save to plant this year.
    Thanks Anni I will of course pay all the postage costs.
    Gaynor

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  12. Esme says:

    Hi Anni, I think I may be a bit late but if you have any spare tubers next time I would absolutely love them. Thanks so much
    Regards
    Esmé

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  13. Susan says:

    Hi Anne
    I would like to know how tolerant these are and if they need any pampering. I like to grow unusual veg, I like it to be tasty and your blog makes them sound interesting. I suspect at this stage you have none left, but before I make space for these, can give me feedback on growing these

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