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Re: [aroid-l] Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma et al

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma et al
  • From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo@msn.com
  • Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 17:19:38 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: The Thaumaturgist <asitkghosh@yahoo.com>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 5:34 PM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma et al

Dear Asit,

If possible try to find a Jamaican grocery and ask for 'red co co', I will
be very interested to compare this to the ones being imported from Costa
Rica and Guatemala in Cen. America, which also have a red 'tinge' of color
but to a much lesser extent than the Jamaican 'red co co'.   The Cen.
AMerican may be the 'malanga' lilac', and may be different from both the
Jamaican form/species/var., and from the 'malanga blanca'.    I am certain
that in the long term all this growing information will prove invaluable to
Dr.Eduardo Goncalves in his research.
If 'push comes to shove' let me know and I will send you a couple 'red co
co' rhizomes.


That what I had started to do last fall. I bought every kind of
tuber that I could buy from Supermarkets, Farmer's Markets, Flea
Markets and then I had planted them after tagging the pot. I
retained the names given by the stores until you experts can
verify from the photos later on. I had been taking photos as
they are growing. So far I have,

Alocasia Macrorrhiza
Malanga "Lila"
Malanga "Blanca"
Colocasia Esculenta
Malanga "Islena"
Alocasia indica

More later..........

Asit K. Ghosh
Rockledge, Florida<<
--- Julius Boos <ju-bo@msn.com> wrote:
 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.

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