Frieda's Specialty Produce - OCA

Overview

What is Oca?

  • Oca is a small potato-like tuber and is an excellent source of carbohydrates. Oca comes in several bright colors, from pale creamy-yellow to apricot to rose to purple-red. The have a knobby, shiny, waxy edible skin and a firm potato-like flesh and slight acidic flavor. The flavor is slightly tangy, and texture ranges from crunchy (like a carrot) when raw or undercooked, to starchy or mealy when cooked.

How to Eat

  • Bake, boil, roast, fork-mash or use in any dish calling for potatoes. (No need to peel the skin.) Oca can also be sprinkled with salt, lemon and chile powder and eaten raw. Oca can also be pickled or dried.

Health Benefits

  • Good source of vitamin C.

How to Choose

  • Choose firm tubers with unblemished skins or sprouts.

How to Store

  • Store in a cool, dry area up to 1 month.

When are they in season?

  • July through October

Where are they grown?

  • Product of New Zealand

Recipes