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  largish (grapefrut) sized A. peonifolia?
From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2002.04.24 at 15:16:01(8627)
To those who've already requested me as of this time or that I've promised
to, I'll send something out soon. I just returned from a trip to various
groceries, and Suran is out of season apparently. (I was offered some
frozen Suran. Rather difficult to explain to the stockperson why this was
not satisfactory).
From: "Randall M. Story" story at caltech.edu> on 2002.04.24 at 19:48:22(8628)
When is the season for fresh suran (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius tuber eaten
in India)? I checked out one of the Indian neighborhoods in Los Angeles
(Pioneer Blvd. in Artesia) a couple months ago--all they had was canned.
Does anyone know whether other Asian markets (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese)
ever carry it? Do these ever have fresh A. konjac? There are a lot more of
those markets (and they're a lot bigger) closer to me.


From: Cgdz33a at aol.com on 2002.04.24 at 21:52:26(8630)
I got a huge Suran bulb in NY (Jackson Heights) last fall for $17. It is
about 8 lbs

Eric Morgan

From: IntarsiaCo at aol.com on 2002.04.25 at 07:56:39(8631)
In a message dated 4/24/2002 10:49:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time, story@caltech.edu writes:

When is the season for fresh suran (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius tuber eaten
in India)?

I noticed them at the markets late fall- early winter.
Mark Mazer
Intarsia Ltd.

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.25 at 07:59:52(8632)
Dear 'Suranophiles',

I will make an effort to question my Indian storekeeper here in WPB as to
when 'suran' becomes available. It may be useful in your search to know
that he tells me that suran is eaten mainly by some ethnic groups from S.
India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka?) who cook it at certain festival/times. He
told me that he believes that it is grown in and exported from Jamaica
( ! ), but I will try to find out more. Those that I saw at his shop were
wrapped and packed much like other vegetables from Jamaica that I have seen
arrive for sale , like the yellow yams (Dioscorea) and dasheen (Colocasia).
My GUESS would be that suran would become available at the end of it`s
growing season, i. e. the end of the year when the dry season in Jamaica
sets in. I will keep the list informed on my findings!


From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2002.04.25 at 12:36:38(8634)
Thanks for all the extra research on the part of all the Suranoslueths! My
local indian marts had, besides edoes and things that looked like
Xanthosomas, a suran lookalike called "ratalu". Any ideas?

From: "David Ruland" druland at atlantabotanicalgarden.org> on 2002.04.25 at 18:43:14(8636)
If the ratalu is the same as what I found with the suran in atlanta it
is some kind of dioscorea yam thing. very attractive vine with purple

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.25 at 18:46:46(8637)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.25 at 18:49:49(8639)
I am interested in finding out about this name, as 'alu' or 'aloo' is
commonly used for a potato or potato-like root. Did you buy one to try
growing it?? It may be another species of Amorphophallus!!


From: "Kathy Kempf" wont_read101 at hotmail.com> on 2002.04.25 at 19:25:01(8642)
Sorry, I can't resist: how much is that in slugs? :)

>From: Cgdz33a@aol.com

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.26 at 07:59:46(8644)
Ah Ha!!! This has 'tickled' my memory! Ratalu is a purpel-fleshed
species of Dioscorea, Scott Hyndman (our IAS President) and Petra bought
some tubers while we toured a Vietnamese market just a couple months ago.
My Indian grocery also had some for sale, as did a W.I. grocery nearby. It
is also sold in cans at the Indian store. It is a delectable starch,
though the color of the peeled/cooked vegetable is quite startling, a rich
dark purple-lilac! When grown as a plant it becomes a vine w/ cordate


From: IntarsiaCo at aol.com on 2002.04.26 at 09:11:59(8651)
In a message dated 4/26/2002 11:00:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time, ju-bo@msn.com writes:

Ratalu is a purpel-fleshed
species of Dioscorea,

I believe that Ratalu is one of the cultivars of a commonly grown edible Dioscerea species.
Mark Mazer
Intarsia Ltd.

From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2002.04.26 at 13:20:33(8654)
In the immortal words of Popeye: "I yam what I yam!"

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