[Aroid-l] Xanthosoma brasilense (Desf.) Engl.
>From : George Yao <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Sent : Wednesday, September 5, 2007 1:39 PM
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Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid recipes/edibility
Dear George, John, and other 'aroid eaters',
Thanks George, this is probably the plant that John is asking about!
BUT---I am still unsure if the illustration/photo of the Xanthosoma on the
site you so kindly located and posted is in fact X. brasilense. I refer
you to my article in Aroideana Vol. 16, 1993. In it I record X. brasilense
as new to Trinidad. The leaves of the plants on Trinidad are very
hastate/trilobed, not strongly sagittate as in the plants in the
photo/illustration on the page/site which George kindly supplied.
So---we shall continue to try for the identity of the Xanthosoma used as
spinach in the Guianas!
The Best and Good Growing,
Could it be the Tanier Spinach? Here is a link for reference:
I tried ordering once and, unlucky for me, the tuber/rhizome just
rotted after I planted it.
One time when I learned that an acquaintance once stay in Surinam, I
asked about it and was told that it tasted quite good.
At 9/4/2007 11:02 PM, you wrote:
> Anyway, my reason for writing is that in Guyana we used to eat
>aroid called "spinach". It was smallish, with dark green sagittate
>about 6 inches long and was cultivated on dry ground as far as I know,
>had a very delicious flavour. As I remember it, thorough cooking was
>necessary to avoid it "scratching" your mouth. It was regularly sold in
>market. I have seen it in Barbados, but attempts to grow it in Grenada
>not been successful. Do you recognize this plant from my description,
>is it grown in Trinidad?
> Yours sincerely,
> John Criswick.
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