QUEQUISQUE!

Anybody have successful experience growing quequisque?? Do I let it sprout before planting, like with potatoes? They prefer some shade or full sun? how long 'til harvest?? muy amable! liz

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I have a few thousand...

of them. The previous owner of my farm planted them, we have just finished transplanting them to a better location. You can plant them right to the soil, but as Billy Bob said they will grow faster if you use small plants, we plan on taking them up every six months or so and separating, selling the big ones. The Anglo name is taro and there are two basic types the ones grown in watwer or bogs such as in Hawaii and the 'upland' ones we have, which are not as purple. They do prefer sandier soil but will do fine in heavier clay. As our are not irrigated yet we are planting in banana tree shade which seems to stay more moist than direct sun areas.

Malanga is often confused with taro;

"An identification problem exists in Puerto Rico and Cuba, where most malanga root is sold. In Cuban markets, malanga islena is actually taro root, not malanga root. Malanga amarilla, or yellow malanga, has the barrel-shape of taro, but is truly malanga. Experts on the subject claim that this apricot- to yellow-fleshed tuber is the only malanga in which the rounded central corm is eaten instead of the smaller irregularly club-shaped surrounding cormels. Called malanga in Cuba, Peurto Ricans call it yautia."--

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Poll?

Should we have a poll on how to spell it? This is one of maybe 10 spellings I have seen. But, yeah, good stuff.

You say Quequisque, I say Quiquizque

either way its the taste that matters. My favorite ingredient in a bowl of Sopa de Res, and its not the same as Malanga, similar but not the same. I am going to have me some sopa tomorrow heavy on the Quiquizque.

in cuba

it's called malanga. we boil them in hot water till there soft then we squash it and add warm milk and a little sugar and we feed it to baby's as there first food. all my kids had it as baby's also good with a little bit of olive oil and garlic, some salt mummy. you can't find them in las vegas bummer.

much love

Quequisque

Quequisque should planted in sandy soil with plenty of sunshine. You don't have to let it sprout before planting it. After sprouting it takes about six months before harvesting, at that time the plant should be about 4 feet tall. Enjoy!!

I grew some at 1300m last year

in heavy clay soil. It worked, but I think looser soil and a hotter climate would work better. I was told it needs about 11 months to grow, but wihout irrigation on my site that is not possible. Grow it during the rain and harvest during the dry.

You can start plants from roots bought at the market, but this is not very economical. Better to search out little plantlets that someone has after harvesting the big roots.

Its a major ingredient in soups. quiquiste is a C.A. native, malanga is an Asian/Pacific cousin that can grow in wetter locations. keep quiquiste well watered but not in a flooded location.

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