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Re: [Aroid-l] Tubers bought in a market.

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Tubers bought in a market.
  • From: "Steve Ritchey" sritchey@shreve.net
  • Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 22:17:46 -0600

Well, you're in the U.K. and I'm in Texas, but here, this would most likely be Xanthosoma violaceum- Supermarket chains send in crates of these and
Colocasias around Easter even though the local produce people have no idea what they are or what to do with them- I don't think anyone here ever eats them, but gardeners buy them for foundation plants and treat them like a summer "bulb"- They store better than potatoes in our climate, but I can't eat them without a heavy dose of slow-cooked garlic, olive oil, salt, and Java pepper :-) Bon apetit!!
----- Original Message ----- From: "Neil Gordon" <neil@ng23.abelgratis.co.uk>
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2005 1:21 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Tubers bought in a market.

Ok, Ive 'gone in'.

The inside of this tuber is a white flesh, with a purple marble type pattern throughout it. The skin (which is brown, has an almost beetroot colour right next to the flesh when scraped away.
Its very slimy! About as slimy as Okra inside! (Which are also going in the curry!).

Ive had a search throughout google, and 'Kand' as it was labled in the market, seems to be a fairly non specific name for types of Yam and Yam-like tubers.

Could this be 'Purple Yam' - which ive seen on one or two recipes that use 'Kand', in which case its a Dioscorea, not an Amorph. :-(


(Indigestion update to follow!)

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