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Re: largish (grapefrut) sized A. peonifolia?

  • Subject: Re: largish (grapefrut) sized A. peonifolia?
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 09:59:52 -0500 (CDT)

----- Original Message -----
From: Randall M. Story <story@caltech.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 10:48 PM
Subject: Re: largish (grapefrut) sized A. peonifolia?

Dear 'Suranophiles',

I will make an effort to question my Indian storekeeper here in WPB as to
when 'suran' becomes available.    It may be useful in your search to know
that he tells me that suran is eaten mainly by some ethnic groups from S.
India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka?) who cook it at certain festival/times.   He
told me that he believes that it is grown in and exported from Jamaica
( ! ), but I will try to find out more.    Those that I saw at his shop were
wrapped and packed much like other vegetables from Jamaica that I have seen
arrive for sale , like the yellow yams (Dioscorea) and dasheen (Colocasia).
My GUESS would be that suran would become available at the end of it`s
growing season, i. e. the end of the year when the dry season in Jamaica
sets in.    I will keep the list informed on my findings!


>When is the season for fresh suran (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius tuber
in India)?  I checked out one of the Indian neighborhoods in Los Angeles
(Pioneer Blvd. in Artesia) a couple months ago--all they had was canned.
Does anyone know whether other Asian markets (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese)
ever carry it?  Do these ever have fresh A. konjac?  There are a lot more of
those markets (and they're a lot bigger) closer to me.

Pasadena, CA zone 10 (do they have a "zone" equivalent in Celsius??)

>From: magrysbo@shu.edu
>To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
>Subject: Re: largish (grapefrut) sized A. peonifolia?
>Date: Wed, Apr 24, 2002, 3:16 PM

> To those who've already requested me as of this time or that I've promised
> to, I'll send something out soon. I just returned from a trip to various
> groceries, and Suran is out of season apparently. (I was offered some
> frozen Suran. Rather difficult to explain to the stockperson why this was
> not satisfactory).
> Bonaventure

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