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  Malanga blanca
From: "Barbara M. Humphreys" flowerlady at mediaone.net> on 2001.09.14 at 17:58:59(7499)
Dear Aroiders,

Awhile back, people were talking about vegetables found in Indian and
Cuban markets that could be planted and made into beautiful plants.

I found malanga blanca. Now,after looking at it carefully, I don't know
exactly how to treat it for planting. Should it be covered,semi-covered,
lenghthwise or horizontal? Now it is a long, thin 4" tuber. Before I
kill it or rot it, please send advice.

flowerlady@mediaone.net

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.09.15 at 19:07:26(7505)
Dear Barbara,

This is Xanthosoma sagittifolia, it grows wild as an 'escapee' all over S.
Florida. Plant the rhizome at an (45 deg. ? ) angle, the tip about an inch
below the soil surface in a well drained pot, keep it moist, fert., and
stand back! It can grow to over 6 ft. tall! Good luck! You could
also just put some cooking oil on your hands, peel, and use in split-pea
soup, as you would potatoes! ( :--)>

Julius

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From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2001.09.15 at 22:09:07(7506)
Julius,

If I eat my Xanthosoma collection someday, I will put the blame on your
recipes!

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From: "Barbara M. Humphreys" flowerlady at mediaone.net> on 2001.09.16 at 08:42:17(7507)
Thanks,Julius!

I think I'll try it anyway. A diversion from the horrors of the last few
days of wartime! I have dedicated myself to a TV- free day to "play" in
the greenhouse and to reflect on the good things we Americans have, have
had, and will continue to have despite what may come. Plants will save
my sanity as always!

Barbara

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.09.16 at 19:44:57(7508)
You are welcome, Barbara!

Either way (growing OR eating) will be enjoyable for you---go buy a couple
more rhizomes and cook them, they sure are a bargain where and when you do
manage to find them!
Yes, we all do need a diversion from the past days of horror. I am so
looking forward to being in Miami next week end and loosing myself in Aroids
and friends.

Sincerely,

Julius

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.09.16 at 19:45:30(7509)
Dear Eduardo,

Wish I could come down and visit, I`d help you choose the mature ones for
'our pot'!
Had a meal of 'calaloo' and crab bought at a local Trinidadian Resturant
here in W.P.B. today, made with REAL Colocasia leaves, (THIS is my 'link' to
Aroid-l!) but American marine 'blue' crabs were substituted for the land
crabs we would generally cook with the leaves and okra. Still, it was
wonderful!
Be well, and do NOT eat ALL your growing scientific specimens!

Sincerely,

Julius

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From: StellrJ at aol.com on 2001.09.17 at 18:52:04(7513)
In a message dated Sun, 16 Sep 2001 10:45:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time, "Julius Boos" writes:

> Yes, we all do need a diversion from the past days of horror. I am so
> looking forward to being in Miami next week end and loosing myself in Aroids
> and friends.

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