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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