Mashua Facts

Mashua is a member of the nasturtium family and is an herbaceous erect or prostrate climbing annual or perennial plant growing 0.5–2 m high, with slender, cylindrical, aerial, green or reddish-green stems that can twine or climb over other plants by tactile petioles. Tubers are produced on axillary stolons that extend to form terminal, elongate, conical or ellipsoid tubers 5–15 cm long and 3–6 cm wide at the distal end, with waxy surface, which are slightly roughened from enlarge scale leaves, generally deeply furrowed, each furrow containing a bud (‘eye) from which it produces aerial stem and adventitious roots. This unique and distinctive vegetable is found used by many people around the world.

Name Mashua
Scientific Name Tropaeolum tuberosum
Native Andes region, particularly in Peru and Bolivia
Common/English Name Anu, Anyu, Bulbous Nasturtium, Capucine, Edible Nasturtium, Mashua, Patagonian Capucine, Peruvian Capucine, Peruvian Nasturtium, Tuber Nasturtium, Tuberous Nasturtium, Tuberous Rooted Nasturtium
Name in Other Languages Polish : Nasturcja Bulwiasta
Argentina : Sisaño ( Aymara )
Ecuador : Mafua
Swedish : Knölkrasse
Brazil : Capuchinha-Tuberosa
German : Knollige Kapuzinerkresse
Dutch : Knof
Italian : Nasturzio Tuberosa
Chinese : Kuai Jing Lzan Hua
Spanish : Añu
Japanese : Toropaeorumu Chuuberosumu
Danish : Anu
Boliva : Isau
French : Capucine Tubéreuse
Columbia : Pane ( Guambiano )
Peru : Añu
Czech : Lichořeřišnice Hlíznatá
Eastonian : Mugul-Mungalill
Plant Growth Habit Herbaceous erect (bushy) or prostrate climbing annual or perennial
Growing Climate Dry climates and need ample water
Soil Grows on a wide range of soils including marginal and rocky soils, but thrives best in fertile organic soils
Plant Size 2–4 m (7–13 ft.) in height
Stem Thick slender, cylindrical, aerial, green or reddish-green, glabrous stems
Tuber Shape & Size Terminal, elongate, conical or ellipsoid tubers 5–15 cm long and 3–6 cm wide
Tuber Color White, yellow, red, pink or purple often striped or mottled red or purple, especially underneath the eyes
Tuber Skin Shiny, waxy skin
Flesh Color Usually yellow or white or pale lilac depending on cultivars.
Flavor/Aroma Pungent
Taste Sharp, peppery taste reminiscent of hot radishes when eaten raw
Leaf Alternate, sub-orbicular, peltate, obtuse or rounded three- to five-lobed, glabrous, 4–6 cm by 5–7 cm, dark grey-green on the upper surface and pale green on the lower with marked purple venation.
Flower Trumpet-shaped orange or orange and yellow flowers.
Fruit Fruit is a schizocarp, dehiscing into three mericarps with ribbed and rugose surface each containing one seed.
  • Var. lineamaculatum
  • Var. piliferum
Major Nutrition Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 77.37 mg (85.97%)
Carbohydrate 9.7 g (7.46%)
Protein 1.5 g (3.00%)
Total dietary Fiber 0.8 g (2.11%)
Total Fat (lipid) 0.1 g (0.29%)
Health Benefits
  • Treatment of Cancer
  • Energy
  • Promote Heart Health
  • Immunity
  • Regulates Bowels
  • Better Reproductive Health
Calories in (100 gm) 45.7 K cal


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