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[Aroid-l] Xanthosoma brasilense (Desf.) Engl.

>From : 	George Yao <gcyao@mydestiny.net>
Reply-To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : 	Wednesday, September 5, 2007 1:39 PM
To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
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,


>>Hello everyone,
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.

George Yao

At 9/4/2007 11:02 PM, you wrote:

>Dear Julius,


>         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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