Re: Book on tubers ("chubas"!)
- Subject: Re: Book on tubers ("chubas"!)
- From: email@example.com
- Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2010 13:21:51 EST
A VERY Happy and HEALTHY New Year to
Reggie, Tom and Lewis
In a message dated 1/1/2010 1:18:25 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Happy New Year to ALL of you ''out there''.
As many may
know, part of my interests involve edible tubers (''chubas'' to me).
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
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.
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
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!
also listing of sources in the USA where some of these rarer tubers could be
Anyhow, the Best to all my many friends on Aroid-l for
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