Meet air potato, the tuber that tastes like meat
Air potato is a tuber that is known for its meat-like taste. When cooked adding masala, it tastes exactly like meat. It can also be plainly boiled and used to make side dish. Locally called as ‘Adathappu’, air potato belongs to the family of yam.
Both the tuber of the plant and the fruit growing on the vine are edible. The outer peel and a green layer beneath it should be removed before cooking. The tuber can be planted by the onset of southwest monsoon in order to develop saplings.
The tuber growing on the vine are used for propagation. Tuber is planted after it sprouts. The vines can be spread on trees or trellis. Tuber can be harvested during the months of November and December.
Irrigation is required during hot weather. Organic fertiliser is ideal for the plant. Upto 20 kg tuber can be harvested from a single vine. Air potato is rich in carbohydrates, protein and calcium.
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