|Various mashua tubers of different shapes and pigmentations|
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.
From Spanish mashua, from an indigenous language. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
mashua (plural mashuas)
- A root vegetable grown in the Andes, Tropaeolum tuberosum.
From Swahili mashua (“boat”).
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