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Re: S/nettles/calaloo.

----- Original Message -----
From: <StellrJ@aol.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2002 10:04 PM
Subject: Re: Missing?

In a message dated 1/1/02 10:59:56 AM Eastern Standard Time,
ju-bo@email.msn.com writes:

<< The Amaranth is sold in bundles as Jamaican spinach, Jamaicans use it
 not Colocasia leaves like we Trinidadians do) for THEIR 'calaloo', and folk
 in N. Florida call it 'pig-weed', and at least around my Trinidadian
 friend`s home compete w/ others in gathering it where it grows as a weed in
 newly ploughed or cleared ground!   I turned Mary Sizemore and Lynn Hannon
 on to it, they say it was THE best greens they have tasted! >>

<<>>Obviously, they have never tasted stinging nettle.  Amaranth is all
but nettle is better.<<>>

But which one of the many 'stinging nettles', Jason??   In Trinidad there
are at least 3 DIFFERENT stinging nettles, and here in Florida what looks
exactly like the Trinidadian 'red' stinging nettle, (the least harmful of
the 3) does not sting!   I am told that it is used medicinally by Guatemalan
women. (By the way, Haitians look for, collect, cook and eat as one of their
'calaloos' one of the other common bed-weeds with yellow flowers belonging
to the Portulacaceae, their other 'calaloo' is made from Colocasia (called
'mazumbelle' in Haiti) leaves, now THERE is your Aroid link!


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