[Fwd: Alternative Root Crops.]
- Can anybody help with this?
Ivan Viehoff (iviehoff@...) added the comment:
> Do you know what this vegetable is?
> In southern Bolivia around May/June time I regularly purchased a large
> root vegetable the locals called AKHIPA or similar. Because of its
> sweetness, it is classified a fruit, and eaten raw. The root is
> gently pointed, varying from as long as a fat parsnip to almost
> ball-shaped, often with some vertical indentations, typically around
> 150g to 400g in weight. The flesh is radish-white, shot with purple
> fibres, and bleeds a white starchy liquid when cut. The skin is grey
> and easily pulled off by hand. I found it sweet, tasty, and it
> helped settle a dodgy stomach. It had all been harvested when I was
> there, so I did not see the plant. The only field I identified was at
> about 3500m. There was plenty of it in Potosi, Uyuni and Tupiza. I
> found it with difficulty in Oruro. Stallholders claimed it is sometimes
> delivered to La Paz, but is not grown locally. They had never
> heard of it in Sucre or Cochabamba. Do you know what this is?
> Is it confined to Southern Bolivia, or is it found elsewhere, perhaps
> under a different name?
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