RE: red colo

From: on behalf of Lester Kallus
Sent: 	Monday, June 02, 1997 9:55 PM
To: 	Julius Boos
Subject: 	Re: red colo


I live here on Long Island too (Stony Brook, exit 62).  Xanthasoma and
Colocasias priced for eating would be perfect.  I'd love to head there and
try sprouting these myself.  (Yes, I might snack on a couple others)
Besides being great having the plants, it would reinforce the fact that
stocking these types of items is profitable. Perhaps this would stimulate
more shops in the area to carry these.  So where's this West Indian fruit

At 09:54 AM 6/1/97 -0500, you wrote:
>It is Friday afternoon and 90 miles to home and the sign on the Long Island
>Expressway says long delays so I get off and take the local streets and wind
>up thirsty and near a  large fruit stand that says West Indian food and get
>something to drink and pass by the vegetable area and notice some tubers that
>I purchase because I have been lurking here and remember that somebody might
>kindly advise me as to how to grow these two types of aroid called "Eddoes
>and "Red Colo".  Thanks in advance and good growing.
>                                  Mark Mazer  Gaylordsville CT. USA  Zone 5<<

Dear Lester,

As a quick guide and based on what we see here in Florida, you may find the 
following-- (1)"eddoes"---Colocasia esculenta var. "antiquorum". Easy to grow. 
    (2)"White coco" or "yautia blanca"---Xanthosoma sagittifolia.  Easy to 
grow, it`s become a weed in Florida.  (3) "Red coco"---X. "violacium"---Easy 
to grow.  (4)  "Yautia amarilla" (yellow tannia ?) Xanthosima atrovirens 
(according to D. Bown.)---Easy to grow.  (5) "Dasheen" or "Taro root" or 
"yautia cabaeza" or "Yautia islenia"---You may find several varieties of this. 
 All are delicious, but the "wet" growing varieties can be tricky to grow.  
I`ll be gone for a week, but if you like will send you recipies on the above 
when I return. Let me know.   We should also start publishing them in the 
Aroid Society Newsletter in the next issue or so; this is added incentive for 
any lurkers out there to join our great society!!

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