Oka -

A plant native to Peru which is worthy of more extensive cultivation in this country - it has already made a place for itself in Europe. Its principal value is in its roots. When fresh pulled, their flavor is too acid to be generally acceptable, but South American producers rectify this by placing them in woollen bags and setting in the sun for a few days, the result being to give them a sweet and floury character suggestive of fine sweet potatoes. If the drying is continued, they wrinkle and shrivel, acquiring a flavor resembling dried figs. The young leaves and shoots are also eaten as "greens" or salad.

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