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Eddoe or eddo is a tropical vegetable often considered identifiable as the species Colocasia antiquorum, closely related to taro (dasheen, Colocasia esculenta), which is primarily used for its thickened stems (corms). It has smaller corms than taro, and in most cultivars there is an acrid taste that requires careful cooking. The young leaves can also be cooked and eaten, but (unlike taro) they have a somewhat acrid taste.Eddoes appear to have been developed as a crop in China and Japan and introduced from there to the West Indies where they are sometimes called "Chinese eddoes". They grow best in rich loam soil with good drainage, but they can be grown in poorer soil, in drier climates, and in cooler temperatures than taro.Eddoes are also called malangas in Spanish-speaking areas, but that name is also used for other plants of the Araceae family, including tannia (Xanthosoma spp.).Eddoes make part of the generic classification cará or inhame of the Portuguese language which, beside taro, also includes root vegetables of the genera Alocasia and Dioscorea. They are the most commonly eaten inhames/carás in the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo, as well as surrounding regions of all. They are also fairly common in Northeastern Brazil, where they might be called batata (literally "potato"), but less so than true yams of the genus Colocasia. According to Brazilian folk knowledge, the eddoes most appropriate to be cooked are those that are more deeply pink, or at least pinkish lavender, in the area where the leaves were cut. The 1889 book The Useful Native Plants of Australia records that Colocasia antiquorum: is cultivated in most tropical countries, Egypt, India, etc., for the sake of its leaves, which when uncooked are acrid, but on boiling, the water being changed, they lose their acridity, and may be eaten as spinach." (Treasury of Botany) Acid fruits are added to assist the removal of the acridity. Hindoos [sic.] and Mahometans [sic.] are very fond of all parts of the plants of this genus." (Dymock.) "When the crop is gathered in Fiji," says Dr. Seemann (Flora Vtliensis), " the tops of the tubers are cut off and at once replanted. The young leaves may be eaten like spinach, but, like the root,they require to be well cooked in order to destroy the acridity peculiar to aroideous plants. The Fijians prefer eating the cooked Taro when cold ; Europeans as a rule like it quite hot, and, if possible, roasted. A considerable number of varieties are known, some better adapted for puddings, some for bread, or simply for boiling or baking. The outer marks of distinction chiefly rest upon the different tinge observable in the corm, leaf, stalks, and ribs of the leaves - white, yellowish, purple.".

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  • The tubers of Colocasia antiquorum. noun
  • The tubers of Colocasia antiquorum. See taro. noun-plural
  • A name given by the negroes of the Gold Coast, as well as in the West Indies, to the roots of the taro-plant, Colocasia antiquorum. Also eddas. noun

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Exports—commodities: bananas 39%, eddoes and dasheen (taro), arrowroot starch; tennis racquets. [Saint Vincent and the Grenadines]

He buys land in Chaguanas and employs labourers to grow rice, peas and eddoes, an edible root.. ['The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul']

In Part III (38 mins., beginning the second videotape), he discusses corm-producing aroid species such as tanias, taros, eddoes and dasheens.. [Chapter 24]

In general the eddoes are hardier than the dasheens and can be grown in drier conditions on poorer soils.. [Chapter 32]

In the eddoes the central corm is smaller and bears many small side cormels, which are normally eaten.. [Chapter 32]

Both dasheen and eddoe type corms can be kept in good condition for upwards of 4 weeks in the tropics: thus dasheens with tops attached and minimal wounding, and good quality eddoes, can be stored in pits dug in well-drained soil and lined with leaves, and well-shaded, on trays or in small heaps under houses, or in cellars or barns.. [Chapter 32]

There is also a small import trade in dasheens and eddoes by the UK.. [Chapter 32]

Dasheen corms grown under erratic moisture conditions show peculiar dumbell-like shapes, reflecting constrictions in growth during dry periods, and under water stress eddoes produce few cormels.. [Chapter 32]

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: bananas 39\%, eddoes and dasheen. [The 2001 CIA World Factbook]

Exports -- commodities: bananas 39\%, eddoes and dasheen (taro), arrowroot starch, tennis racquets. [The 1999 CIA Factbook]

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines bananas 39\%, eddoes and dasheen. [The 2004 CIA World Factbook]

Exports - commodities: bananas 39\%, eddoes and dasheen (taro), arrowroot starch, tennis racquets. [The 2004 CIA World Factbook]

Exports - commodities: bananas 39\%, eddoes and dasheen (taro), arrowroot starch; tennis racquets. [The 2007 CIA World Factbook]

And Thirdly -- the edible Root crops and Starch producing plants, which are a somewhat extensive class, the chief of which, however, are the common potato, yams, cocos or eddoes, sweet potatoes, the bitter and sweet cassava or manioc, the arrowroot and other plants yielding starch in more or less purity.. [The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.]

She had learned there not to work the slaves too hard in the warm period of the day; and she showed her interest by having served at her own table the favourite olio the slaves made of plantains, bananas, yams, calalue, eddoes, cassavi, and sweet potatoes boiled with salt fish and flavoured with cayenne pepper.. [The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker]

In these islands the hog is the principal quadruped, and the fruit of the bread-tree is its principal food, although it is also fed with yams, eddoes, and other vegetables.. [The Book of Household Management]

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Eurgh, Eddoes are up to 37p in my local Morrisons. I remember when I was young and you could get them for 10p.

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