Mashua

Tropaeolum tuberosum from Central Andes. Also known as Mashwa, Maswallo, Mazuko, Mascho, Añu, Isaño, Cubio, Tuberous nasturtium.

Tropaeolum tuberosum

Mashua
Mashua tuber diversity Peru (Tropaeolum tuberosum).JPG
Various mashua tubers of different shapes and pigmentations
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Brassicales
Family:Tropaeolaceae
Genus:Tropaeolum
Species:
T. tuberosum
Binomial name
Tropaeolum tuberosum

Tropaeolum tuberosum (mashua, see below for other names) is a species of flowering plant in the family Tropaeolaceae, grown in the Andes, particularly in Peru and Bolivia, and to a lesser extent in Ecuador as well as in some areas of Colombia, for its edible tubers, which are eaten cooked or roasted as a vegetable. It is a minor food source, especially to native Amerindian populations. Mashua is a herbaceous perennial climber growing to 2–4 m (7–13 ft) in height. It is related to garden nasturtiums, and is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental for its brightly coloured tubular flowers.

Mashua (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology 1

From Spanish mashua, from an indigenous language. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Alternative forms

  • mashwa

Noun

mashua (plural mashuas)

  1. A root vegetable grown in the Andes, Tropaeolum tuberosum.

Etymology 2

From Swahili mashua (boat).

Alternative forms

  • mashwa

Noun

mashua (plural mashuas

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