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Galatians522:
Here is an interesting article. Apparently what we grow in Florida as X. sagitifolium is actually a different species X. caracu. The picture of X. brasiliense matches perfectly what you have, however.

pineislander:

--- Quote from: Galatians522 on July 14, 2022, 11:45:59 PM ---Here is an interesting article. Apparently what we grow in Florida as X. sagitifolium is actually a different species X. caracu. The picture of X. brasiliense matches perfectly what you have, however.

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I don't think this is Xanthosoma caracu. That plant grows 5-6 feet and has a corm.

Galatians522:

--- Quote from: pineislander on August 07, 2022, 07:54:55 AM ---
--- Quote from: Galatians522 on July 14, 2022, 11:45:59 PM ---Here is an interesting article. Apparently what we grow in Florida as X. sagitifolium is actually a different species X. caracu. The picture of X. brasiliense matches perfectly what you have, however.

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I don't think this is Xanthosoma caracu. That plant grows 5-6 feet and has a corm.

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I agree. It looks like he has X. Brasiliense. I will post the link (which I forgot to do earlier) and you can read the article. Then my comment will make more sense.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://journals.flvc.org/fshs/article/download/98971/94957&ved=2ahUKEwj-zuuRtrX5AhXWmIQIHZvlDdcQFnoECA0QAQ&usg=AOvVaw1irK0xXL9YWLvDvr_3XGXV

pineislander:
If anyone would like to trade for the brasiliense/Belembe type I have a xanthosoma relative from Surinam for trade. It is classically eaten as a lef vegetable there. It doesn't make edible corms but does cook down very nice and tender with no oxalates.
In Surinam they call it Tajerblad/Tayerblad and it's grown on a large commercial scale there. This video is in Surinamese Dutch but you can observe the way it is being grown.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ciq2mcL1FA&t
 

spencerw:
Did you fully identify it as x. Brasiliense? I have that plant growing and its actually my favorite leaf vegetable. The plants are very small compared to regular xathosomas. They only get about 2.5 feet tall. They are technically edible raw, but we always cook them 10 minutes. Much better than regular kalo that can take 2 hours to cook. Bun long is much shorter at 30-45 minutes but that belembe really has them beat with cook time. Slugs love them though. They don't last long so keep fertilizing them and separating them and replanting. I plan to write up an article for my website but haven't gotten to it yet

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