(Thank you Matty - they are very nice, whatever they are!)
I don't even know what they are called but my brother who is married to a New Zealander says that they are some sort of yam and Kiwis love them and find them hard to find in Australia.
As with such things, they may or may not be from NZ , they may or may not even be called NZ yams. Such names are afterall often deceptive - Kiwi fruit are not a native fruit of NZ and Hawaiian nuts are not a native nut of that part of the Pacific they are in fact Australian nuts called Macadamias!
Whatever they are called my brother found some in a market somewhere in Brisbane and suggested I should try growing them, and that's exactly what I will try to do. But I need your help. I am at a bit of a loss and not knowing what they are called makes it impossible to Google.
They kind of look like red Jerusalem artichokes or galangal roots but they don't have the odour of either of these.
- What are they called?
- How do they grow - onthe roots of a vine like a sweet potato, on the roots of a bush like potatoes, or on the roots of a stout stalk like Jerusalems?
- Any growing tips - soil ph or similar?
- Do you grow them? What do they taste like?
- What new things are you growing this year?