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  Re: [aroid-l] Xanthosoma "roseum"
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2003.01.30 at 00:18:37(9903)
Dear Friends,

Just a word and a quick note which I feel sure Eduardo will confirm re: the
cultivated Xanthosomas---CONFUSION.
At the moment here in S. Florida there are several Xanthosoma vars. being
sold as food CHEAP and by the lb. at Winn Dixie, Publix, and other food
stores. There is the 'white' Xanthosoma grown in Miami, dear to us
Trinidadians heart because of its special texture when cooked. Then there
is another labled as coming from Costa Rica that had brownish 'scales'
covering the growing tip that has a SLIGHT lilac 'tint' at the base of the
scales. Then there is the 'red co co' sold mainly in Jamaican stores at a
substantially higher price. Then there is the rarer yellow-fleshed one
sold in Hispanic stores, said to be a 'special' one used seasonally.
In an attempt to TRY to clear up some of the confusion surrounding these
plants, I am starting to buy and cultivate the different ones, my hope is to
grow them to flowering and photograph the blooms, tubers, etc. to assist
Eduardo in his research on this problematic group. There are also number
of Colocasia var. tubers sold in some stores, the eddoes, and many (at least
three) vars. of dasheen or taro.
Meanwhile I suggest that we all ignore all these older publications like the
one quoted by our Susan (below) which vary a LOT in what they say, and all
or most freely admit that they know not what they say, adding to the
confusion! All the ones I mention above make BEAUTIFUL plants, so just
grow and enjoy until someone like Eduardo can put names to this mish-mash of
plants grown as food!
Susan, there is a LOT of interest in these plants! Note that the Mayan
word for Xanthosoma is written as 'tiquisque', but I have also seen it
written and also pronounced 'qi-ques-qe', so even this is not stable.

Good Growing!


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