Andean Nunas or "Popping beans"

Jeffrey A. Del Col br105 at cleveland.Freenet.Edu
Wed Oct 6 13:18:36 EST 1993

In a previous article, bae at (Beverly Erlebacher) says:

>In article <CE29IF.Kq7 at>,
>Ian Staples <ianst at> wrote:
>>A recent issue of _CIAT International_ (Vol. 12 No. 1, June 1993, Pp. 5-6)
>>had an article by Loretta Ferguson on "nunas" [with one of those Spanish
>>"~" things over both the "n"s].
>>Seems nunas are the legume equivalent of popcorn.  They are only known
>>from the high Andes.  Attempts to grow them elsewhere (e.g. at 1700 m
>>at Popayan in Colombia) have not been very successful.

>The problem with popbeans (which are, indeed, P. vulgaris) is that
>they are so sensitive to daylength that it is essentially impossible
>to grow them outdoors outside their favored (tropical) latitudes.  
>are supposed to be very good and much easier to grow.

The chapter on Nunas in LOST CROPS OF THE INCAS(a tremendous resource for
anyone interested in traditional,i.e. non-european, foods of the Andes)
contains a note to the effect that nunas have been grown at a USDA site in 
Pullman, Washington (47 degree N Lat., elev. 200m.)  It did not 
specify whether they were grown indoors or out.  There is another note
to the effect that progress has been made in overcoming the photoperiod
sensitivity of the nunas.

J. Del Col (who wants very much to grow oca, but can't find anyone who
            can supply the tubers)

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