Thanks for this! Just bought another copy
on eBay! And there are more for sale for as low as $1.00!
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Sent: 01 01, 2010 10:50 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Book on tubers
Happy New Year to ALL of you ''out
As many may know, part of my interests involve edible tubers
(''chubas'' to me).
I was given a most interesting book, "Buried Treasures,
Tasty Tubers of the World", published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden--region
guides, ISBN #`s 13: 78-1-889538-34-1 and 10: 1-889538-34-5. I believe
my friend purchased it on e-bay.
Most interesting reading, though there
were several errors in the I.D.`s on several photos.
There were several of
our well-known edible aroids, the taros, eddoes, Xanthosomas (tannias),
Amorphophallus konjac, etc., but some new edible aroids to me, Arisaema
triphyllum and the Nepalese sp. A. tortuosum.
It also taught
me that there is an edible form of Canna Lily (!), that the giant banana
Ensete ventricosum is used as food (not the fruit, but the cooked tender
rhizome and stems!), that common cat-tails are edible, and the greatest
surprise was that the terrible weed Nut sedge (Cypreus esculentus) was a crop,
and that the drink listed on the menu`s of nearby Mexican Taco resturants for
the cold drink "horchata de chufa'' or ''rice water'', was made from
this!!! I WILL be sampling this very soon!
It did solve the riddle of
the ID`s of several tubers I used to see for sale on the tables at the native
markets in Ecuador. I had assumed that most were just vars. of
potatoes. It turns out that they are not related to potatoes at all,
many are ancient foods of the Incas!
There were also listing of sources in
the USA where some of these rarer tubers could be purchased!
Best to all my many friends on Aroid-l for 2010!