Re: Grocery Store Aroids


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.

>How lucky you are!!  You have found a few interesting( and delicious!)
>and a few VERY delicious non-aroids!!  I believe that "mapuey", IF in fact
>is D. trifida, is the same as what Jamaicans call "yampey" and we
>call "cuch-cush".  It is without a doubt the smallest and THE finest tasting 
>(and the most costly ) of the Dioscoreas, and as far as I know the ONLY
>Dioscoria native to the New World.  It may require a longer growing season 
>than you can provide, and grows as a substantial vine, with leaves
>of a bat-man logo!  You can cook it like potato, and mash it with butter,
>it in soups, or make a shepard`s pie with it.  Enjoy!
>>Columbian Yam looked very much like tubers of Colocasia esculenta.  At
>>$1.29 a pound it seems far more reasonable than the general cost in
>>nurseries.  Is Columbian Yam a Colocasia?<<
>I do not believe so, it prob. is a species of Dioscorea, called "white" or 
>"St. Vincent " yam in Trinidad.  Coarser texture than Mapuey, but also good.
>>Yautia looked like (and probably is) a Xanthosoma.  Can anyone identify 
>>Xanthosoma fla (presumably florida) and Xanthosoma lily?<<
>I believe that the "Xanthosoma fla" will probably be X. sagittifolia, and
>"Xanthosoma lily" (actually they are trying to say the spanish for "lilac", 
>it`s color) will be X. violacium.

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