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  Bargains at the Indian Mart
From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2001.08.21 at 17:03:33(7266)
Dear fellow aroiders,
I went on a search for "suran" at Indian groceries in Edison, NJ and found
it, for $2.99 a pound. That translates to one 5 lb. tuber of Amorphophalus
paeonifolius and one 3 lb. for about $24. Just imagine what shipping costs
alone would be for the cantalope and grapefruit sized tubers. The second
one I bought because it was among others in a separate bin. I was told that
it is the same but has a different taste. It will be interesting to see if
there are vegetative and floral differences.
The tubers are healthy and firm with no damage, though no growing points
are apparent yet. They don't appear to be covered in wax. I set them down
on moist soil under clear plastic of an open cold frame where they'll get
2-3 hours of sun a day, until the nights get too cold or they start
growing. A Kaichen A-103 2000 lost its point this spring but with this
treatment recently rallied with three fat shoots and now is in pot.
Bonaventure Magrys
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From: Don Martinson llmen at execpc.com> on 2001.08.22 at 09:41:27(7270)
>Dear fellow aroiders,
>I went on a search for "suran" at Indian groceries in Edison, NJ and found
>it, for $2.99 a pound. That translates to one 5 lb. tuber of Amorphophalus
>paeonifolius and one 3 lb. for about $24

Obviously, someone imports these on a commercial basis. I wonder if
there aren't others (myself included) that would like to be able to
obtain these "super-sized" Amorph's.

--
Don Martinson

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From: "patricia frank" tricia_frank at hotmail.com> on 2001.08.22 at 11:46:33(7273)
All USA Members'
In addition to receiving our current Newsletter via Bulk Mail as oppose to
First Class, you will also be receiving THE HERALD the Publication of the
Peace Corps Association. Our PRINTER is NOT having a good week. Tricia

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From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2001.08.22 at 17:51:48(7277)
OK, what lbs.?

I seemed to have picked out the largest from each bin. Next time I'm on Oak
Tree Road I'll go up further and see if there are more grocery shops
(probably are) and what they have and charge.

Don Martinson @mobot.org on 08/22/2001 12:41:46 PM

Please respond to aroid-l@mobot.org

Sent by: aroid-l@mobot.org

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.08.22 at 17:52:05(7278)
>Dear fellow aroiders,
>I went on a search for "suran" at Indian groceries in Edison, NJ and found
>it, for $2.99 a pound. That translates to one 5 lb. tuber of Amorphophalus
>paeonifolius and one 3 lb. for about $24

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From: "mjhatfield" mjhatfield at oneota.org> on 2001.08.22 at 20:55:28(7284)
Yes, Don, there are others (myself included) who would like to obtain these
"super sized" Amorph's.

MJ Hatfield

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From: "brian williams" pugturd50 at hotmail.com> on 2001.08.22 at 22:26:16(7285)
A few months ago I got a message from R.S Misra In Indea. He is a guy who
grows amorpho comercially for food and other produces.

His website is http://geocities.com/rsmisra2000

Some great pics of basketball size bulbs. he seemed interested in a lot of
other aroids as well. He maybe even talked in to shipping them here. But on
the big ones shipping could be a killer.

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From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2001.08.23 at 15:37:50(7293)
Yes, thanks Julius. It was you I think that made up the table with the
aroid common, scientific, and local names as well as country where they are
eaten. This inspired me to go looking when I was informed of the local
Indian shopping area not too far from me. Perhaps other members in areas
other than Miami, NYC, or suburban New Jersey can locate some and write
about it.
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From: "WEAVER,BILL (HP-USA,ex3)" bill_weaver at hp.com> on 2001.08.24 at 20:22:00(7300)
After reading this yesterday I went down to my local Indian Mart
(Coconut Hill, 554 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, California) and asked for
Suran.
They had it, but it was in saran wrapped chunks. I asked if they had it
in its natural state. The proprieter took me to the back where she had
a large box filled with 6 to 7 inch tubers. I bought two at $3.49 a pound
and will be planting them this weekend. I'll let you know how they do.

Bill Weaver

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From: Paul Tyerman ptyerman at ozemail.com.au> on 2001.08.25 at 12:27:32(7301)
At 05:38 23/08/01 -0500, you wrote:
>
>Yes, thanks Julius. It was you I think that made up the table with the
>aroid common, scientific, and local names as well as country where they are
>eaten. This inspired me to go looking when I was informed of the local
>Indian shopping area not too far from me. Perhaps other members in areas
>other than Miami, NYC, or suburban New Jersey can locate some and write
>about it.

Is this table in the archives? If so, what should I search the archives
for? Would like to have a look at the names and check out whether any of
these are here in Australia too.

Thanks in anticipation.

Cheers.

Paul Tyerman

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.08.25 at 12:29:01(7302)
Good that some are managing to find 'suran' (Amorphophallus) in the Indian
groceries, I am told that it is a seasonal 'thing', only offered at certain
'feast' seasons, so take advantage of their availability while you acn!

Julius

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.08.27 at 07:38:54(7305)
At 05:38 23/08/01 -0500, you wrote:
>
>Yes, thanks Julius. It was you I think that made up the table with the
>aroid common, scientific, and local names as well as country where they are
>eaten. This inspired me to go looking when I was informed of the local
>Indian shopping area not too far from me. Perhaps other members in areas
>other than Miami, NYC, or suburban New Jersey can locate some and write
>about it.

Dear Paul,

Go to www.aroid.org, click on aroid links, and select Dr Les. Kallus' page
on 'Growing Edible Aroids', and within that page there is the list. Lots
of other interesting pages on aroids here also!!

Good luck,

Julius

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From: Scott Hyndman hyndman at aroid.org> on 2001.08.27 at 07:39:15(7307)
Paul,

The page with the information you are interested in is on Lester Kallus' Web
site at http://www.kallus.com/aroids/ediblearoids.htm. It is linked to in
the IAS site under the category of Aroid Ethnobotany and Cuisine on the
Aroid Links page.

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From: Paul Tyerman ptyerman at ozemail.com.au> on 2001.08.28 at 08:20:43(7312)
Thanks to both Julius and Scott for their response. I must admit I hadn't
thought to look at the Edible Aroids page on the site..... but now that you
mention it that makes a LOT of sense .

Cheers.

Paul Tyerman

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From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2001.08.28 at 18:28:09(7317)
My apologies to Les, it was his scholarship at
http://www.kallus.com/aroids/ediblecommon.htm which inspired me to search
for the Suran.
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