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  • Richard Morris
    Can anybody help with this? Cheers Rich ... -- Plants for a Future: 7000 useful plants Web: http://www.pfaf.org/ or http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/pfaf/
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      Can anybody help with this?

      Cheers Rich

      Ivan Viehoff (iviehoff@...) added the comment:
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      > 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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