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Experimenting with Growing Ulluco as a Niche Crop for Fun and Profit

Don McMoran* and Jean Gauthier
Washington State University Extension, Skagit County, Burlington, WA 98233, USA
Corresponding Author : Don McMoran
Washington State University Extension
Skagit County, Burlington, WA 98233, USA
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Received September 25, 2014; Accepted December 23, 2014; Published December 26, 2014
Citation: McMoran D, Gauthier J (2015) Experimenting with Growing Ulluco as a Niche Crop for Fun and Profit. J Horticulture 2:120. doi: 10.4172/2376-0354.1000120
Copyright: © 2014 McMoran D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus) has the potential to be farmed as a niche crop in temperate climates outside of the crop’s native high elevation South American range. The brightly colored and delicious tubers have considerable consumer appeal for those who become aware of them and offer an alternative to potato growers. Challenges include photoperiod restrictions, along with sensitivity to summer heat and early fall frosts. Cultivars are only available from limited sources in the United States at this time, and evaluation for specific climatic suitability would be desirable. The sharply-sweet, crispy tubers of oca (Oxalis tuberosa) and the spicy elongated tubers of mashua (Tropaelum tuberosum) have a history of being intercropped with ulluco. All may be grown in United States maritime regions either as separate crops or together if photoperiod restrictions can be selected with future breeding programs.

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