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.

TESTING A THEORY

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