Something beginning with O.
Call me pretentious, but I've decided to name it Prima, the first oca of the 2011 season.
Prima's germination and growth may have been accelerated by the unusually warm April we've just experienced. Looking back at last year's spontaneous oca eruption, I notice that it began somewhat later, in June.
It's fairly easy to distinguish Prima from last year's tubers which are also emerging all over the place: it has a lovely pair of cotyledons - small, but perfectly formed. Just like Adam and Eve's lack of navels, no shoot from a tuber produces these tell-tale appendages. And when I say small, I do mean small - take a look at the adjacent dandelion pappus for an idea of scale. Diminutive stature notwithstanding, I am quietly confident that Prima will be joined by several siblings before the month is out.