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Malanga and Yautia

PIcked up these "roots" at the local Latin grocery store. The one on the left is "malanga", the one on the right is "yautia". The big question is, what is the difference? Aside from a slight difference in size, they looked identical to me. The girl at the store insisted they are different and said that the yautia has white flesh, which it does (I broke a piece off); the malanga has pale pink flesh. It will be interesting to see what they grow into. (As far as I can tell, both are Xanthosoma; malanga produced a very handsome elephant ear last year but I have never grown yautia.) (UPDATE: both "yautia" and "malanga" turned out to be Xanthosoma, although possibly two different species. "Taro" from a different grocery store produced Colocasia esculenta.)

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Taken on March 6, 2009