Re: corrections, book on ''chubas''
- Subject: Re: corrections, book on ''chubas''
- From: Riley2362@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 06:50:41 EST
Thanks for Julius' annotations and corrections to the book. I
purchased a couple of copies at BestBargianBook.com for $.73 plus the $3.99
In a message dated 1/7/2010 1:26:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
|I've enjoyed the posts, I went to Amazon and purchased a
used like new copy for $3.49 + $3 shipping, I look forward to reading it
and adding it to my library.|
Mr. Kyle Fletcher Baker,
Maine Zone 5
On Tue, 1/5/10, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Subject: [Aroid-l] corrections,
book on ''chubas''
January 5, 2010, 8:57 AM
Below are comments on the obvious errors I see
(not many, it is a GOOD book!) in the small publication by the
Brooklyn Botanic Garden--"Buried Treasures, Tasty Tubers of the
Let`s start at the beginning of the book!
very first photo one page in is of leaves captioned as belonging to
Alocasia macrorrhiza. They are in fact the leaves of
Colocasia esculenta = taro/dasheen/eddoes.
2) On pg. 7 is a
photo of many roundish tubers/rhizomes/corms, the caption says they
are of Xanthosoma sagittifolium. I am 99.9% certain that
these are from Colocasia esculenta ''antiquorum'' or eddoes.
These same tubers are shown in the background on the photo on pg.
Note---To be 100% certain of the I.D`s, I`d have to cook and
eat these (and other) tubers/roots!
3) On pg. 10 is a photo of
tubers/roots, the caption says that are from A. macrorrhiza.
I am 99.9% certain that these represent the TRUE swollen roots
(they are not rhizomes, corms or tubers) of
Cassava/Manioc/Yucca/Tapioca (see pg. 52 for a good account on this
4) on pg. 22 is the ''biggie''. They
picture and correctly label this plant as-- "Alocasia
macrorrhiza---Giant Taro/Elephant`s ear/Ape (Hawaiian)''.
problem is that they say that the underground off-shoot
tubers/rhizomes are great when cooked and used as food, but I have
NEVER heard or read of this anywhere. Much of their report
on the edibility/preparation of this plant is inaccurate, and they say
that the photo on pg. 10 is of tubers from this plant, this is
incorrect (see #3 above).
In Deni Bown`s book ("Aroids, Plants of
the Arum Family", GET A COPY IF YOU DON`T have one, GREAT book!!), she
refers to these small structures produced by this aroid as
"cormels'', and says that they tend to be coarse and acrid, and that
it is sections of the main rhizome that are peeled, prepared/cooked
Recently a friend visited Fiji, and was treated
to a meal of this by the village chief. He photographed the
prep./cooking of the portions of the main rhizome, and reported that
it was good eating. His account MAY become an article in a
forthcoming issue of the IAS`s Aroideana.
I read a very
few other minor errors and some glaring ommisions, all which I
All in all, it is a great little book, many seemingly GOOD
sources for plants, etc. from dealers/nurseries at the back. At
the price, I highly recomend you purchase a copy (e-bay, or directly
from Brooklyn Garden,
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