Achira

(Canna edulis)
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Achira (Canna edulis) is an Andean root crop that enjoys a tropical climate. Recognizable as a relative to Canna indica, which also produces an edible rhizomes, Canna edulis can produce 2 to 3 foot edible rhizomes! Primarily it is used for starch production, but smaller roots can be quite tender when well cooked. This plant is quite stunning in the garden and has potential as a landscaping crop with ‘survival’ food potential.

OUR WORK

The Utopian Seed Project has been growing Achira in Western NC for a couple of years and is working with plant stock from board member, Yanna Fishman. The specific cultivar is unknown and we are interested in promoting this crop as a food source as well as exploring additional varietal potential.

The Canna edulis are getting big 😍

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The Canna edulis (aka Achira) is busting through and looking delicious. Fall harvest of tropical roots is rapidly approaching...

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Introducing Canna edulis aka Achira with Brandon Ruiz. Canna edulis aka Achira is a Andean tropical perennial that we can grow in North Carolina as a temperate annual. Achira produces a large edible rhizome that could become a significant root crop as our climate warms. It's also a beautiful landscaping plant!

This is the first video of a Utopian Seed Project series called, Meet-the-Plant, where plant experts introduce you to less known plants (in North Carolina) that have food production potential.

In this video, Brandon Ruiz, founder of CLT Herbal Accessibility Project and The Utopian Seed Project board member, gives a historical, botanical and culinary overview of Canna edulis aka Achira.

Learn more at utopianseed.org
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Oh my gosh! The babiest Achira seedling (Canna edulis). Pretty excited to grow this crop from seed (thanks to @feels_like_far for sharing).

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Excited to see how Canna edulis aka achira performs in WNC. It has the potential to form large edible tubers, and unlike many of the Andean root crops (i.e. oca), does not have a photo sensitive period to contend with. Plus it's a stunning ornamental.
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The dreamy depths of Canna edulis aka Achira #growyourownfood #experimentalroots #achira #cannaedulis ...

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Canna edulis (aka Achira) always looks so dramatic as it begins to sprout. While growing a large edible rhizome under ground, Achira is a stunning landscape plant above ground!
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TESTING A THEORY

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