- Mar 3, 2007Hi all,
I am a member of a group in Gainesville FL USA which is dedicated to
getting folks to grow more edible plants in their yards. Mostly we have
fruits and herb plants and some well-adapted vegetable seeds but we are
a bit short on staples. We have a couple of starchy root plants we
distribute which do well here (Cassava, Jerusalem Artichokes, and the
arrowroot Maranta) but I'm always looking for more root crops and
staples. We can't distribute taro since it is on the "invasive" list
for Florida and malanga is on the "almost invasive" list. I am
experimenting with Oca and Yacon but neither seems to like the hot
Florida summers. I am also experimenting with a couple of Dioscorea (D.
trifida and D. alata), edible canna (C. edulis), and Jicama all of
which seem to be doing well. I would like to try a couple of other
starchy staples. In particular, Tropaeolum tuberosum the day-neutral
"Ken Aslet" variety, and the African Plectranthus esculentus (Livingston
potato) sound interesting. But I haven't found a U.S.A distributer for
either of those.
Anyhow, if anyone can suggest other easy-to-grow starchy staples for the
humid subtropics (it frosts here in the winter but is hot and wet in
the summer) or knows where I might get Tropaeolum tuberosum or
Plectranthus esculentus I would appreciate hearing from you.
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