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Re: Re: question for you Jim; xanthosoma

Donna, my eyes popped when I saw an image of Xanthosoma mafaffa aurea
'Lime Zinger' or 'Green Giant' or 'Lime Green' or simply 'Aurea' or
aurea (whichever name - all the same) - looks to me like Ipomoea
batatas Margarita on steroids.  It is on my 'must have' list. 
Dewey Fisk has it (Philodendron Phreak) listing on that Aroid page of
companies...see links below.

Lester Kallus has listed about every edible aroid by cuisine on this

which should help you figure out which ethnic groceries to look in.

The IAS (International Aroid Society) has a page listing companies
who sell aroids - you may find Xanthosoma lindeni magnificum through
one of them:

http://www.aroid.org/links/index.html#Companies Offering Aroids

If you come up blank, you might also try the Aroid Trading Post


I did not see it listed there, but if you have anything to trade or
just want to put out a call for it, you can try there.

Good luck!  

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
Editor:  Gardening in Shade
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> From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> No problem Jim. Just didn't think many would be interested.
> I learned about this plant on another list. Seems it is used for
> roots as a food crop overseas. It also comes from south Florida
> these crops are grown. It happens to look a lot like a taro,
> more interesting from the pictures that were displayed on that
> They are saying you can buy the roots that will grow into a plant
for 10
> uscents a pound. So I thought.... hum... I could buy a lot of look
> taro's for that price. But I need an American soil source! Anyone
> heard of this? I would think it was the blue taro, although they
> referred to it as malanga.
> Which BTW a black taro around here... very small plant, one set of
> leaves... is in the neighborhood of 25.00 a piece... quite a
> in price for me.
> Donna
> > hi, donna. hope you don't mind if i put this on the list; someone
> may
> > be interested.
> > 
> > the short answer, however, is "no, we don't sell it."
> > 
> > i had not heard of this plant until you asked about it. so i did
> > scouting around at work today and this is what i found:
> > 
> > a recent issue of plant finder lists four xanthosomas--"golden
> delicious,"
> > "lime zinger," "yautia [say what?]," and "blue taro." there are
> three
> > growers involved and a very limited number of sizes.

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