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  Grocery store aroids
From: grsjr at juno.com (George R Stilwell, Jr.) on 1997.09.19 at 06:11:04(1269)
Julius,

I found some bulbs bigger than a softball in a bin with some Taro roots
at the local grocery. I
peeled off a sticker that had the food name on it and promptly lost it on
the way home.

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at classic.msn.com> on 1997.09.19 at 20:45:49(1275)
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From: Addison & Richardson <bedrock.gardeners at sympatico.ca> on 1997.09.19 at 20:51:25(1276)
At 08:08 AM 9/19/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Julius,
>
>I found some bulbs bigger than a softball in a bin with some Taro roots
>at the local grocery. I
>peeled off a sticker that had the food name on it and promptly lost it on
>the way home.
>
was it Jicama?

Lois Anne Addison

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From: mood at poi.net (John Mood) on 1997.09.21 at 16:43:29(1285)
>Julius,
>
>I found some bulbs bigger than a softball in a bin with some Taro roots
>at the local grocery. I
>peeled off a sticker that had the food name on it and promptly lost it on
>the way home.
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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at classic.msn.com> on 1997.09.21 at 19:25:20(1292)
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From: grsjr at juno.com (George R Stilwell, Jr.) on 1997.09.23 at 18:06:35(1326)
Julius, John Mood, Lois Addison

Thanks all. Lois is the winner> It is Jicama. The new lot looks flatter
and bigger in diameter than the ones I saw a couple of days ago. Also,
it wasn't as smooth and symmetrical.

It comes from Mexico. There's a phonetic spelling of the name
'Hee-kah-mah' on the label, but no information on what plant it is. The
vendor, Frieda's of LA, offers recipes for a SSAE. According to their web
page,
, it is also known as a Mexican potato or a yam
bean. But still no plant information.

So what is it? Will it grow here (NC). What will it look like?

Ray

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From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1997.09.23 at 18:14:57(1327)
Don Burns Plantation, FL USA Zone 10b

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From: Addison & Richardson <bedrock.gardeners at sympatico.ca> on 1997.09.24 at 08:23:30(1330)
What can I say? I really felt the fool when I read the other
responses. I know nothing about aroids. But I has just come back from food
shopping and we love jicama and get it every week... fabulous texture and
wonderful taste...great in salads, etc. So it just sounded like jicama and
I brazenly sent out the message...

Lois Anne Addison

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