Re: Colocasia esculenta
I purchase Xanthosoma violaceum at hispanic (predominantly Puerto Rican &
Cuban) grocery stores under the name Yautia lila for approximate $3.50 a
pound. The tubers sprout rapidly and grow into large plants with little
fuss. I also found that a group that I didn't get around to planting last
year (had grown in the summer of '98) is still viable and is about to
sprout now that I've finally planted them a year and a half since
harvesting. It's not bad for
$3.50 a pound.
At 09:52 PM 03/06/2000 -0600, you wrote:
>Any Taro connoisseurs out there? Here on the west coast I have found a
>supplier of 2 types of Hawaiian Colocasia esculenta, but they are used
>mostly for poi. My husband is from Jamaica and he claims the Asian or
>Polynesian varieties are too soft. I guess there is a "Red Coco"
>(actually Xanthosoma violaceum?) that is grown in Jamaica. Does anyone
>know if this is the variety that is popular in Jamaica? Does anyone
>know where I could find a plant? Thanks for your help!