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  Xanthosoma saggitifolia (malanga) or "Taro"? (fwd)
From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1998.06.11 at 17:22:44(2273)
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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.06.12 at 06:40:42(2279)
Dear Judy,
As you may have recently read on Aroid-l, there have been many discussions
on these commercially available edible Aroids, and there is a page
http://www.i2i-2000.com/~lkallus/aroids/plnthome/htm where you
can at least get the names used in the ethnic stores, but the Winn Dixies
and Publix`s pose a problem, as they are generally staffed by "gringas and
gringos" who know nothing about these exotic foods.
If you like I could look back at the many letters and forward them to you,
let me know.
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From: Clarence Hester <hesterc at leguin.acpub.duke.edu> on 1998.06.12 at 18:20:31(2282)
O.K., Julius et. al. Based on all this discussion I bought a great big
malanga while in South Florida. I plan to name it Xanthosoma "Winn
Dixie Dania Beach" if it turns out to be unusual.

On a serious note, the malanga has an obvious growing tip, although I
cannot tell if it is alive or dead, nor can I discern a color. It is a
huge tuber in any case.

What about other grocery store items? For example, Yuca or Sugar Cane?
Is there any hope of these sprouting?

Clarence

From: Mike Bernardoni <mikeb at GlobalEyes.net> on 1998.06.12 at 18:25:10(2283)
Http didn't work???? Help!! Mike

Julius Boos wrote:

> Dear Judy,

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From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1998.06.12 at 22:12:44(2286)
Mike, you're right. My website has been moved to a new server at:
http://www.kallus.com/aroids/plnthome.htm

I should probably load a pointer on that page to the new page.
Les

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.06.13 at 07:45:44(2288)
Dear Hester,
If it was a huge, oval tuber, it most probably will be one of the
Colocasias. Because the entire top is normally cut off to be re-propagated
by the farmer, this sometimes can be difficult to get to sprout, and can
only do so from "a side eye". Keep us informed as to its progress.
Sugar cane should sprout if layed at an angle, buds pointing up (the buds
are on opposite sides of every joint, and the tips point "up") on its side
and 1/2 covered in soil.
Yucca (Cassava) probably will not grow from the specialized roots, which
the edible portion is. It is propagated by planting 1` cuttings of the
branches. Latin friends of mine locally grow it for food, so I could
probably obtain cuttings if they were needed. There is also a varigated
leafed variety that is (or was) sold as an ornimental that I sometimes run
into, though I can`t recall a specific location as I write.
On a more serious note, try peeling the yucca, which can be difficult the
first time. Cut a spiral 2" apart through the thick skin up the root, then
peel skin off in a circular spiral from the bottom (choose a large one with
no black viens within the white flesh), boil till it begins to split and its
"done" (about 15-20 mins.,) remove the center "vien", put a little garlic
butter on it, and pig out!
Cheers,
Julius
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From: Krzysztof Kozminski <kk at netgate.net> on 1998.06.14 at 07:29:52(2301)
Julius Boos wrote:

> The elongate tubers of "malanga" (NOT taro, which will be more egg-shaped
> and larger) with the pink tip will either be X. violacium, OR a new (to us)
> species that grows with green leaves; it originates (is grown)
> in Costa Rica, while "true" X. violacium which is a beautiful plant has been
> purchased in Jamaican stores as "red co co". The two tubers seem identical,
> while the plants are very different.

Julius, could you tell more about what is this new species, and what are its
characteristics?

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From: StellrJ at aol.com on 1998.06.14 at 19:53:16(2306)
>> The elongate tubers of "malanga" (NOT taro, which will be more egg-shaped
>> and larger) with the pink tip will either be X. violacium, OR a new (to us)
>> species that grows with green leaves; it originates (is grown)
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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.06.15 at 07:42:43(2313)
>> The elongate tubers of "malanga" (NOT taro, which will be more egg-shaped
>> and larger) with the pink tip will either be X. violacium, OR a new (to
us)
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