Oca yams are new varieties of yams that grow well in Europe and in the US, and they contains lots of powerful nutrients that are great for the body. Oca yams are easy to grow and will thrive in most soils… and might be a new important food source for the future. And with climate change we need all the new food sources possible, plus they taste great.
Where They Grow - Oca yams grow in Australia, Peru, Bolivia, South America, the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, and many other places in the world and are becoming popular. They are also known as “South American Wood Sorrel”. Oca yams were introduced to the US, the UK, France, and other places in the early 1800’s. And in New Zealand they are grown as a very important commercial corp.
Easy to Grow - Oca yams are hardy and easy to grow and will grow in just about any soil, and in most climates… and need very little attention. They like sandy soils with good drainage.
Weight Loss Food - One oca yams eaten raw only contains about 30 calories because they are 89% water making them a great weight loss food.
Lots of Vitamin C - 100 grams of oca yams contains 60% of our daily needs of Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant.
Contains - Oca yams are a good source of B Vitamins thus helping to improve our mood and increase vitality. Also zine for boosting up our immune system, and depending on the variety they are a good source of iron for anemia. Plus they contain phosphorus and calcium for strong bones, lots of trace minerals, and a good source of carbs… and 32 % of our daily needs of fiber which provides a good environment for growing probiotic bacteria. Oca yams also contain protein and some tryptophan for a better nights rest.
Flavonoids - Oca yams also contain flavonoids that help prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
Taste - Oca yams have new varieties that are sweet, crunchy, tangy, and work well for just about any meal. And the raw oca yams are great with salt and hot pepper and maybe some lemon. Cooked they have the texture of potatoes, sweet like yams, with some cherry and celery overtones. Some of the new sweet varieties include “Apricot Delight and Mellow Yellow”. The older varieties contained a good amount of oxalic acid but the new varieties are very low in oxalic acid. Oxalic acid is also found in spinach and other leafy greens and thus cooking is important for getting rid of oxalic acid because the acids are very water soluble.
Edible Leaves and Shoots - Also the leaves and shoots of oca yams are edible and they taste like sorrel (somewhat tangy) because they are in the same family as sorrel. The leaves are clover shaped and have yellow flowers, and both can be added to salads for a nice lemony flavor… or they can be cooked.
Uses - Oca yams come in many colors including red, white, apricot, orange, pink and a few more colors. They can be eaten raw, boiled, mashed, steamed, grilled, candied, air dried like apricots or figs, baked, roasted, stir fried,used raw in salads, used in stews and soups and many other dishes, and can be used as a replacement for potatoes. And they are great tasting overn roasted with a little brown sugar or honey.
Feeding the World - Oca yams in the right location can produce up to 55 tons of yams per hectare. That’s a lot of yams, thats about 50 yams per plant. Plus lots of greens and flowers that are also edible.
Finding - If you google “Buy Oca Tubers” lots of places on-line will come up to buy oca tubers for planting.
Oca yams have lots of possibilities, because they are very prolific, easy to grow, and can even be groaning containers on your porch or patio. With just a little bit of knowledge and a little bit of tender loving care everyone can enjoy oca yams. Plus they are a culinary delight that’s spreading around the world… because they taste great.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
This information is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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