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  Hispanic Grocery Tubers
From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1997.12.07 at 18:33:08(1720)
I finally located a hispanic market here on Long Island and was faced with
the classic question of which "aroid is this root".

I found Mapuey, Columbian Yam and two varieties of Yautia. After searching
the web, I identified Mapuey as Dioscorea trifida. Is that an aroid? Can
it be grown over a short season?

Columbian Yam looked very much like tubers of Colocasia esculenta. At
$1.29 a pound it seems far more reasonable than the general cost in
nurseries. Is Columbian Yam a Colocasia?

Yautia looked like (and probably is) a Xanthosoma. Can anyone identify
Xanthosoma fla (presumably florida) and Xanthosoma lily?

Thanks,
Les

From: Alexandra Pichardo <neonatura at codetel.net.do> on 1997.12.09 at 14:41:27(1724)
Lester Kallus wrote:
>
> I finally located a hispanic market here on Long Island and was faced with
> the classic question of which "aroid is this root".
>
> I found Mapuey, Columbian Yam and two varieties of Yautia. After searching
> the web, I identified Mapuey as Dioscorea trifida. Is that an aroid? Can
> it be grown over a short season?
>
> Columbian Yam looked very much like tubers of Colocasia esculenta. At
> $1.29 a pound it seems far more reasonable than the general cost in
> nurseries. Is Columbian Yam a Colocasia?
>
> Yautia looked like (and probably is) a Xanthosoma. Can anyone identify
> Xanthosoma fla (presumably florida) and Xanthosoma lily?
>
> Thanks,
> Les
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