Edible Aroids (sorted by cuisine)

The following food items found in ethnic grocery stores (and some supermarkets) are aroids.  These sell for far less than the mail order and garden center tubers. With the help of members of the Aroid listserver (especially Julius Boos), the plant names are now being compiled.  If you have any additions or corrections, please contact me by clicking here (if your email server is so configured) or type in my email address (lkallus@earthlink.net).

Click here to see this list sorted by common name

Click here to see this list sorted by scientific name 

Nationality Common Name Scientific Name
Barbados, West Indies Slippery dips Colocasia e. antiquorum
Brazil Cara Colocasia esculenta
Inhame Colocasia esculenta
Inhame roxo Xanthosoma violaceum
Mangarito Xanthosoma maffaffa
Taioba Xanthosoma sagittifolia leaves
Taioba roxo Xanthosoma violaceum
Caribbean Islands (English Speaking) Calaloo bush Colocasia esculenta leaves
Dasheen Colocasia esculenta
Eddoes Colocasia e. antiquorum
Tanier Xanthosoma sagittifolia
Tannia Xanthosoma sagittifolia
Cuba Malanga blanca Xanthosoma sagittifolia
Malanga cabeza Colocasia esculenta
Malanga islena Colocasia esculenta
Malanga lila Xanthosoma violaceum
Cuba and parts of Spanish Caribbean Malanga amarilla Xanthosoma atrovirens
Ecuador, Columbia Camacho Colocasia esculenta
Ecuador, possibly Columbia Papa China Colocasia e. antiquorum
Florida & some other states Taro Root Colocasia e. antiquorum
Hawaii Taro Colocasia esculenta
Hawaii (perhaps Tonga & Samoa) Ape (Ah-pay) Xanthosoma sagittifolia
India Arvi Colocasia esculenta
India (found canned in West Palm Beach Indian grocer) Arvi Colocasia e. antiquorum
Suran Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
Jamaica Red coco Xanthosoma violaceum
Nigeria Anyamanya cocoyam Colocasia esculenta
Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic Yautia amarilla Xanthosoma atrovirens
Yautia blanca Xanthosoma sagittifolia
Yautia lila Xanthosoma violaceum
S.E. Asia Keladi Colocasia esculenta
Talas Colocasia esculenta
West Africa New cocoyams Xanthosoma sagittifolia
Old Cocoyam Colocasia e. antiquorum
Old Cocoyam Colocasia esculenta

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