Mashua Individual Organic Tubers for Planting or Eating - Tropaeolum tuberosum – AKA tuberous nasturtium, climbing nasturtium, añu, or cubio

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A traditional crop in the Andes mountains, Mashua can be grown in most areas of North America as well.

It is closely related and looks similar to the common garden Nasturtium with vining stems. Before harvest in the fall mashua opens beautiful trumpet like yellow and orange flowers.

All parts of the plant are edible and delicious but the root is the real prize. At harvest it will produce large amounts of tubers just under the surface.

This was and is an important food source for people in the Andes. Mashua has been cultivated since pre-Incan times. It was domesticated in 5500 B.C.!

This is a beautiful plant and makes a wonderful addition to your ornamental garden as well as producing large quantities of food! It can grow up to 12 feet tall if given something to climb. The flowers and foliage are very attractive and also help be feed butterflies and bees.

Foliage: Mashua plants have bluish green foliage with alternate, round and peltate leaves. Each leaf consists of 3-5 lobes.

Flowers: The flowers of these plants may vary from dark yellow and orange to scarlet.

Roots: The tubers or rhizomes are usually pale white or yellow sometimes striped with purple or red. Some varieties may have red or purple roots.

It is very easy to grow these perennial plants as they can survive in many types of soils. They can be grown beside a wall or trellis or in a pile on the ground. They can resist various insects, bacterial pests, fungi and nematodes. Due to this reason, they are often cultivated as a companion crop for potatoes and maize in places like Peru and Columbia. The bulbs or tubers are planted in a bright and warm location during spring after all risks of frost have passed. One can also grow Mashua plants indoors in pots or containers.

Growing Conditions

Soil: They can grow in almost any type of garden soil as long as it is moist.

Sunlight: These plants grow well in direct sunlight or partial shade.

Climate: Most climates will support growth. In very hot climates some shade from midday sun should be provided to insure optimum tuber formation.

Water: They need ample amounts of water during summer; however, one should lessen watering the plants as winter arrives.


In mild winter regions, the tubers can be left in ground to be harvested when required after applying a layer of mulch to the soil. However, they should be harvested and stored like other tubers in extremely cold temperatures. Harvesting is done simply by digging out the roots of these edible plants.
Tubers will last 6 to 8 weeks at room temperature and moderate humidity before the reduction in quality makes them unappealing for eating. Storage conditions of 35-38F and 95% humidity can extend storage to 8 months, allowing for some deterioration. Tubers exposed to light will become green, but this does not affect edibility.

Mashua Nutritional Facts

This tuber crop has high nutritional value with almost 80 per cent carbohydrate and 14-16 per cent protein. 100 gm of these roots contains approximately 480 mg Vitamin C and 9 µg ß-carotene.

Uses of Mashua

The roots are usually not consumed raw as they have a somewhat peppery flavor like that of a radish. However, cooked Mashua tubers are a principal food source in the Andean regions of South America. The flowers, leaves and flower buds are also edible. These plants are also a traditional Andean folk medicine having been used for numerous medicinal purposes by humans for a long period of time.

Edible Uses

This root vegetable is used in soups, stews and other dishes.
One can also fry or bake these tubers in order to consume them. Baked tubers have a beautiful aromatic flavor along with a mushy texture that resembles sweet potatoes.
Mashua tubers are soaked in molasses to prepare desserts.
Young leaves of these edible plants are eaten as green vegetable.
Their fresh flowers are eaten in salads.
The flower buds are consumed when pickled in vinegar.

Other Uses

Peasants in many South American countries feed their pigs with these rhizomes or bulbs. These plants are recommended for livestock feed as the roots contains high levels of carbohydrates while their foliage is rich in protein.

How to Cook Mashua

The tubers can be boiled, roasted or fried in order to be consumed. They can be boiled like a root vegetable along with meat and other vegetables to make soups and stews. It is important to wash the roots before using them for edible purposes. The flowers of these plants are consumed raw after being washed properly. The young leaves of Mashua can be cooked like leafy vegetables.

Mashua Availability

This root vegetable is generally not available in the United States. However one can easily grow these plants in their homes in order to obtain these tubers.


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Average review
Apr 21, 2017 by ms purple
Purchased 5 tubers at not the cheapest cost. Within 3 days half of them were soggy and moldy. Did what I could to save them but by the end of a week they had all died. Contacted Yumheart multiple times to try to work out replacement with pics but he wouldn't have any of it. Purchase at your own risk with certainty of only disappointment.
Mar 14, 2017 by isaaclyon3
Mar 7, 2017 by lshipman59291
The plant tubers were good size, clean, and in excellent condition...However, a plant label, note, business card would have been nice in the envelope...especially since the return address had no etsy shop name or reference!...
Feb 28, 2017 by MaryAnn Smith

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