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  Re: Grocery Store Aroids
From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1997.12.11 at 09:23:43(1731)
Julius,

Thanks for the insight. At least I'll be able to grow the Xanthasomas.
I'm disappointed about the Columbian yam not being a Colocasia. The tuber
looked like what I'd expect a large Colocasia tuber to be. If it grows as
a vine (you said that it does), I guess I can sprout one to double check.

You said that the mapuey and Columbian yam were both Dioscoreas but that
the Dioscorea trifida was smaller. In fact, the mapuey was about 1/4th the
size of the Columbian yam or smaller. Perhaps that ID was correct.

Can you list some potential names for Colocasia tubers - names that would
be used in a hispanic market catering predominantly to Puerto Ricans and
Dominicans? There's not much of a Mexican, Cuban or Central American
community here on Long island. I still hope to find a cheap source for
large Colocasia esculenta tubers before next spring.

Perhaps its time for one of our web pages to have a table with common
grocery store name in one column and scientific name in the next column.
I'd volunteer except that so far, I would be able to supply only 4 rows to
this table and that was only with your help.
Les

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