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From: "Cooper, Susan L." SLCooper at scj.com> on 2001.09.06 at 20:56:45(7380)
Okay, here is a chance for everyone to get back at me for all my teasing
I convinced a coworker to escort me on a hike through a rough neighborhood
to a Spanish grocery (that's as close as I can get to an Indian grocery) to
find the secret Aroid patch. I found an interesting looking tuber, with no
sign to say what it was. Me being the shrinking violet that I am, was
afraid to ask anyone. So I selected the largest tuber, and headed to the
When the clerk weighed it, "she said, hmm, lets see... Sweet Potato. That's
big one!"

Sometimes I think there is no hope for me!

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.09.06 at 22:32:03(7384)
Dear Susan,

The next time ask for 'malanga', three kinds USUALLY available, malanga
blanca, malanga lilac, and MAYBE malanga islenea, they will be Xan.
sagittifolium, X. violacium and Colocasia esculenta in that order.

If the seet potato has purple skin, you are in for a treat, just peel and
boil in salted water, mash w/ a little butter, OR cut into halves and bake,
spread a little butter, it has quite a different color, flavor and texture
to the more common 'American' sweet potato w/ it`s orange skin.
See you soon,


From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2001.09.07 at 01:42:02(7393)
Sue, look for yautia also. Mine is now a huge green Colocasia-like plant,
but more stocky and with an appealing satiny iridescent sheen to the
leaves. Pictures soon I hope.
OK, so any recipes for Sauromatum? Last year I only kept the large tubers
and chucked the scores of offsets as far as I could into neighborhood
property! Glad I moved outta there; but Elizabeth, New Jersey (pronounced
Ellie sabe, noo hersee) always had that particularly appealing aroma come
the hot days of summer.

From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2001.09.07 at 03:14:37(7400)
In a message dated 9/6/2001 6:32:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
ju-bo@email.msn.com writes:

If the seet potato has purple skin, you are in for a treat, just peel and

From: Susan Cooper coops at execpc.com> on 2001.09.07 at 03:14:48(7401)
I didn't realize you moved- where are you now?
Remember how I thanked you for the Sauromatum ? Well I still have some
that haven't been planted this year.... You a BAD MAN!
Maybe since they are pulling the konjac jelly candies off the market we can
sell Typhonium Taffy!
From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2001.09.08 at 03:35:42(7415)
Dear Big Sweet Potato,
Now that I've reinstated myself as a dues-paying member of IAS I can say
I'm at Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, in OId Bridge Township. No more Noo
Hersee, but a bunch of scary rednecks. Sandy soil, oaks and pines, bay
breezes. Making a botanical wonderland so if you come OK, just not in the
middle of the night, with shovels.

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