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Livingstone Potato (Plectranthus esculentus)
« on: April 01, 2017, 11:05:35 AM »
Well, I had written a thread about this in the old forum, but it appears that forum has been deleted so I can't copy it over.

So to start off with, this is a good tropical potato, tasting very much like standard white or yellow potato, and growing pretty easily. The top greens and flowers are also edible, but as the plant is related to mint, they have a strong flavor and may not be best suited to large quantity eating like a vegetable. More like an herb. Without much help and in poor rocky soil, my experience so far is that they grow very tiny. I hope that the tubers I did leave in the ground will grow new plants in the next season. But so far, they have not sprouted in the dry season, even with supplemental water.

If you put effort into it, you'll probably have more success. This should give some idea of how to do it, and benefits:
http://www.bioversityinternational.org/fileadmin/PGR/article-issue_130-art_65-lang_en.html


This is a great plant for hot climate food security.

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Re: Livingstone Potato (Plectranthus esculentus)
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 06:12:57 AM »
This is indigenous to my country but completly unavailable to buy anywhere.....
Very disapointing for me:(
I forget what it was called again but there is another indigenous "potato" that I read about in Lost crops of Africa. Equally as impossible to find for me though :'(

Really breaks my heart that there are so many indigenous edibles are impossible to find. Iv contacted various botanical gardens and indigenous sellers with little luck.
Actually if I even get an answer back im surprised as these places dont seem that interested in my qust ha ha
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
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Re: Livingstone Potato (Plectranthus esculentus)
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 06:19:41 AM »
Found the name of the other native species I cant get a hold of but want desperatly!

Solenostemon rotundifolius
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Re: Livingstone Potato (Plectranthus esculentus)
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 10:45:23 AM »
Thanks, I looked up Solenostemon rotundifolius (a.k.a. Plectranthus Rotundifolius), also referred to as Chinese potato or Hausa potato, and found that it has some very strong medicinal properties.

I also found this video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8EKX8CDOFs
Apparently the person who shot it is to be found here: http://www.ourbeautifulgarden.com/
Can't tell though where they reside - if near to you, maybe they would have an idea of how you can get ahold of it.

I wonder if contacts in a West African nation might be able to help you. I do not know about rules regarding bringing plants across borders there, but perhaps someone at a university in another nation would share your passion for preserving indigenous African crops and have access to some you haven't been able to locate in South Africa.

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Re: Livingstone Potato (Plectranthus esculentus)
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 08:59:07 PM »
I just recently put my P. esculentas in the ground. Surprised you can't find it stuart, i got two different plants off amazon i believe. If I ever get seeds, I'll send some your way.
Shane

 

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