Hardy, herbaceous perennial vine.
Other Names: Kumara
Origin: wet, cool highlands of South America
Size: 0.3m high, 2-3m spread
Growing conditions: full sun to partial shade
Harvest: Approximately 5 months after planting or longer until needed. Use a digging stick for harvesting as the wood won’t damage the tubers. Leave tubers to sweeten up in the sun for a week. Store in a well-ventilated cool, dry, dark area for up to 6 months.
Propagation: from soft cuttings (slips) or tubers
Growing tips: Will not set good tubers in sandy or clay soil.
Use: Tubers are best eaten cooked or baked, while new leaves are best cooked like spinach to remove slightly bitter flavour.
Availability in shop: spring to summer