Potato Substitute

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  • Cassava Yuca Root

    CASSAVA (Manihot esculenta) Yuca

    $8.00$26.00 $6.50$26.00

    USES: Food, Ornamental

    LIVE PLANTS AREN’T THE BITTER TYPE.

    Cassava is native to the tropical areas of the Americas. It’s widely grown all over Latin America and the Caribbean. It has always been an essential root vegetable in the Caribbean diet. It’s the most widely cultivated tropical root crop in the world. It’s been around, since before Columbus’s arrival, as a staple food of the Taino, Carib, and Arawak population, especially in the form of cassava bread. A 1554 Spanish historical account describes a ceremony in which a native shaman blessed cassava bread and then divided it among the tribe. The recipients then preserved the bread to protect their families from danger throughout the following year. The produce from this plant has much of the same look & flavor, along with many of the same uses as a potato, yet lacks virtually all of the health concerns related to regular potato consumption.

    Live Plant Orders: This stock comes from a Caribbean-Latin American cultivator who has been turning over the same stock, here in Central Florida, for his family & friends for over a decade. Plants are sprouted only from proper branches, which are the most ideal starting material for growing vigorous high producing new plants. If a sprouted plant isn’t available at the time you order you will get at least 2 rooted Yuca branch nodes per live plant unit order (each node is capable of sprouting more than one plant).

    Ready-To-Eat Root Orders: Yuca Root orders now ship by the Priority Mail Flat Rate box. A Medium Flat Rate Box (MFRB) holds about 7 pounds and the Large Flat Rate Box (LFRB) holds about 12 pounds. USPS now delivers P.M. packages from here to most states in only 2 days.

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    Ordering Options:
    One Live Plant | 1 MFRB Ready-To-Eat Roots | 1 LFRB Ready-To-Eat Roots


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    Chayote Squash, Green (Sechium edule) Tropical Perennial

    $4.00

    Sechium edule is a perennial from the Cucurbitaceae family. It is cultivated in the tropics for its unique fruits which are edible when ripe. The plant has climbing stems several metres in length, and can be eaten as a leaf vegetable.To complete the Veggie Trifecta it also grows a tuberous root that can be eaten as a potato substitute.

    Ordering Options:
    1 Whole Fruit w/ Seed | 1 Live Plant


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    Chayote Squash, Spiny (Sechium edule) Tropical Perennial

    $15.00

    Sechium edule is a perennial from the Cucurbitaceae family. It is cultivated in the tropics for its unique fruits which are edible when ripe. The plant has climbing stems several metres in length, and can be eaten as a leaf vegetable.To complete the Veggie Trifecta it also grows a tuberous root that can be eaten as a potato substitute.

    Ordering Options:
    1 Whole Fruit w/ Seed | 1 Live Plant


  • ELEPHANT FOOT YAM (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) - For Sale Price Mass Spectrum Botanicals

    ELEPHANT FOOT YAM (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) Suran

    $20.00$45.00

    Another popular underground vegetable is Amorphophallus or Elephant Corm called Suran in Konkani. A striking aroid from tropical Asia, elephant yam is extensively cultivated for its edible tubers. It is a strong herbaceous plant with erect, solitary stem usually 1-2.5 m in height and having leaves at the top which is highly dissected. The life cycle of the plant is usually for 4 to 6 years. At the end of the plant’s life cycle a large terminal inflorescence is produced. The underground stem is large globose with a depression on top. It is called corm and at the end of each season it produces small cormlets. The corm has carminative properties. It is also used as an expectorant. Corm is good for piles and is applied externally for treating rheumatism. Fermented juice of the petiole is used to treat diarrhoea.

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    Ordering Options:
    1 Live Tuber (small)[approx 4oz.] | 1 Live Tuber (large)[1+ lb.]


  • Jerusalem Artichoke, Golden Tubers d - Mass Spectrum Botanicals

    JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE (Helianthus tuberosus) Sunchoke

    $5.00$79.00 $3.50$79.00

    LIVE PLANTS: IN STOCK

    The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America, and found from eastern Canada and Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas. It is also cultivated widely across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used as a root vegetable. The tubers are elongated and uneven, typically 7.5–10 centimetres (3.0–3.9 in) long and 3–5 centimetres (1.2–2.0 in) thick, and vaguely resembling ginger root, in appearance, with a crisp texture when raw.

    NEW EASY PRICING SYSTEM:
    Small Orders: If a solid live plant is avaiable at the time that will always ship first, but if not a whole averaged size live tuber will ship in its place.
    Wholesale Orders: Sunchoke orders now ship by the Priority Mail Flat Rate box. A Medium Flat Rate Box (MFRB) holds about 7 pounds and the Large Flat Rate Box (LFRB) holds about 12 pounds. Root piece sizes vary of course.

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    Ordering Options:
    1 Live Tuber | 10 Live Tubers (approx 1 lb.)| 1 Live Plant | 1 MFRBox Tubers (approx 7 lbs.) | 1 LFRBox Tubers (approx 12 lbs.)


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    JICAMA (Pachyrhizus erosus) Mexican Yam Bean

    $2.00 $1.50

    Pachyrhizus erosus, commonly known as Jícama aka Mexican Yam, or Mexican Turnip, is the name of a Mexican vine, although the name most commonly refers to the plant’s edible tuberous root. Jícama is a species in the genus Pachyrhizus in the bean family (Fabaceae). Plants in this genus are commonly referred to as yam bean, although the term “yam bean” can be another name for jícama. The jícama vine can reach a height of 4–5 metres given suitable support. Its root can attain lengths of up to 2 m and weigh up to 23 kg. The flavor is sweet and starchy, reminiscent of some apples or raw green beans, and it is usually eaten raw, sometimes with salt, lemon, or lime juice and chili powder. It is also cooked in soups and stir-fried dishes. Note: the leaves & seeds (‘beans’) are toxic and aren’t to be eaten.

    This is a long season tropical ‘bean’ plant, only going into flowering towards late fall as the days shorten. Here In Tampa, the seeds aren’t usually ready until after December.

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    Ordering Options:
    10 Live Seeds | 1 Live Plant


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    Sweet Potato, “HATKI” (Ipomoea batatas) Tampa’s Native!

    $4.00$25.00

    “Hatki” is the Seminole Native American word for “white”. These are about as white as possible inside and out. Each summer its marches across the yard when left alone. The vine nodes puts out long runs that will root in but unlike the history of we white man it proves easy to manage by lifting it and dropping the vines runs back where they’re meant to be. I find its long runs above onto the rows of huge pots but it isn’t a real climber, and isn’t a hassle to do with. Note the dual ‘horns’ on the upper leaf edges and how the tender new shoots are that shade of red. Tasted raw, it has almost no flavor and could be a decent ‘potato’ alternative for many people whom don’t like the flavors normally associated with ‘sweet potato’.

    Tampa native plants are well suited for both long hot dry seasons as well as long tropical rain forest-like periods.

    SWEET POTATO ORDERS: A “Live Unit” may arrive as a whole live tuber / bulb, 3 rooted nodes / slips or a live plant with complete rootball. To ensure orders ship in a timely fashion we’ve had to remove those individual options to lessen the complexity in maintaining steady supply of each form.

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    Ordering Options:
    1 Live Unit | 10 Live Units


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    Sweet Potato, BEAUREGARD (Ipomoea batatas) Red Skin Orange Flesh

    $4.00$25.00

    The Japanese sweet potato is a red- or purple-skinned, yellow-white fleshed potato that belongs to the Ipomea batata botanical family. According to Herbal Extracts Plus, the Japanese sweet potato is similar to American yams, but tastes sweeter. Vietnam, China, Japan, India and Indonesia are the biggest producers of Japanese sweet potatoes. It is commonly used in Asia as a thickener and flour substitute, as well as a main ingredient in the Japanese dish tempura and in the liquor shochu. Japanese sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber and provide a number of essential vitamins and minerals.

    SWEET POTATO ORDERS: A “Live Unit” may arrive as a whole live tuber / bulb, 3 rooted nodes / slips or a live plant with complete rootball. To ensure orders ship in a timely fashion we’ve had to remove those individual options to lessen the complexity in maintaining steady supply of each form.

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    Ordering Options:
    1 Live Unit | 10 Live Units


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    Sweet Potato, BONIATO (Ipomoea batatas)

    $4.00$25.00

    The boniato or tropical sweet potato, (Ipomoea batatas), also known as batatas or camote, is a member of the morning glory family. It is extremely popular in South Florida, especially among Hispanics. Although all forms of the sweet potato originated in Central America, the boniato was cultivated as early as 1000 B.C. in Columbia and Peru. A substantial acreage is now planted in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The boniato is often considered a cross between a baking potato and a sweet potato in flavor and color. It is easily distinguished from other sweet potatoes by its pink to burgundy-colored skin and its white or cream-colored flesh. It is also much fluffier, drier, and less sweet than the yellow or orange-fleshed sweet potato.

    SWEET POTATO ORDERS: A “Live Unit” may arrive as a whole live tuber / bulb, 3 rooted nodes / slips or a live plant with complete rootball. To ensure orders ship in a timely fashion we’ve had to remove those individual options to lessen the complexity in maintaining steady supply of each form.

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    Ordering Options:
    1 Live Unit | 10 Live Units

     


  • Margarita Sweet Potato - Mass Spectrum Botanicals

    Sweet Potato, MARGARITA (Ipomoea batatas)

    $4.00$25.00

    “Margarita” or “Marguerite” sweet potato vine makes a vigorous spreading ground cover or drapes a wall or fence. Ornamental Ipomoea’s are edible but have low sugar content just not very good to eat.

    SWEET POTATO ORDERS: A “Live Unit” may arrive as a whole live tuber / bulb, 3 rooted nodes / slips or a live plant with complete rootball. To ensure orders ship in a timely fashion we’ve had to remove those individual options to lessen the complexity in maintaining steady supply of each form.

    Ordering Options:
    1 Live Unit | 10 Live Units


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    Sweet Potato, MURASAKI (Ipomoea batatas) Japanese Purple Skinned

    $4.00$25.00

    The Japanese sweet potato is a red- or purple-skinned, yellow-white fleshed potato that belongs to the Ipomea batata botanical family. According to Herbal Extracts Plus, the Japanese sweet potato is similar to American yams, but tastes sweeter. Vietnam, China, Japan, India and Indonesia are the biggest producers of Japanese sweet potatoes. It is commonly used in Asia as a thickener and flour substitute, as well as a main ingredient in the Japanese dish tempura and in the liquor shochu. Japanese sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber and provide a number of essential vitamins and minerals.

    SWEET POTATO ORDERS: A “Live Unit” may arrive as a whole live tuber / bulb, 3 rooted nodes / slips or a live plant with complete rootball. To ensure orders ship in a timely fashion we’ve had to remove those individual options to lessen the complexity in maintaining steady supply of each form.

    Ordering Options:
    1 Live Unit | 10 Live Units


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    Sweet Potato, SATSUMA-IMO (Ipomoea batatas) Asian Red

    $4.00$25.00

    The Japanese sweet potato is a red- or purple-skinned, yellow-white fleshed potato that belongs to the Ipomea batata botanical family. According to Herbal Extracts Plus, the Japanese sweet potato is similar to American yams, but tastes sweeter. Vietnam, China, Japan, India and Indonesia are the biggest producers of Japanese sweet potatoes. It is commonly used in Asia as a thickener and flour substitute, as well as a main ingredient in the Japanese dish tempura and in the liquor shochu. Japanese sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber and provide a number of essential vitamins and minerals.

    SWEET POTATO ORDERS: A “Live Unit” may arrive as a whole live tuber / bulb, 3 rooted nodes / slips or a live plant with complete rootball. To ensure orders ship in a timely fashion we’ve had to remove those individual options to lessen the complexity in maintaining steady supply of each form.

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    Ordering Options:
    1 Live Unit | 10 Live Units


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    Yam, JAMAICAN YELLOW (Dioscorea cayenensis) African

    $6.00

    A vine with a 10-12 m long, cylindrical, spiny stem and broad leaves. The tuber flesh is usually yellow. The tubers are baked, boiled, roasted, fried, or used raw as a salad vegetable. Perennial vine, tubers are harvested from 280-350 days after planting and harvesting may continiue for up to 3 years. Yellow yam, Guinea yam, Yellow Guinea yam, Twelve months yam, Igname guineo, Igname jaune, Igname pays negre, Hame amarillo, Name Guinea, Affun yam, Attoto yam, Cara de para, Congo amarillo, Mapuey morado, Name negro, Affoo, Affou, Cut-and-come-again yam, Yam a tout tan. The species is indigenous to West Africa. It is not as highly regarded as D. rotundata but it is hardier and higher yielding.

    Live Rootcrop Orders: Specimen size availability on any given week (for all malanga’s, taro’s, sweet potatoes and yams) depends on a number of factors, so comparable substitutions might sometimes be made. With Yellow Yam, currently each ‘germplasm unit’ represents approx. a 2″ length cut from mature stock.

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    Yam, NAGA-IMO (Dioscorea opposita) Chinese Yam

    $6.00$200.00

    Dioscorea opposita (nagaimo, Chinese yam, Korean yam) is a type of yam (Dioscorea) that may be eaten raw. Dioscorea opposita is an exception to the rule that yams must be cooked before consumption (due to harmful substances in the raw state). In Japanese cuisine, it is eaten raw and grated, after only a relatively minimal preparation: the whole tubers are briefly soaked in a vinegar-water solution, to neutralize irritant oxalate crystals found in their skin. It appears this is confused with “Wild Yams”, as the detailed information here shows a much different plant.

    Live Rootcrop Orders: Specimen size availability on any given week (for all malanga’s, taro’s, sweet potatoes and yams) depends on a number of factors, so comparable substitutions might sometimes be made…

    With Nagaimo Yam, currently, each Germplasm Unit represents 2″ in length of this very long tuber. The long tubers may or may not be cut in a multiple unit order.

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    Ordering Options:
    1 Germplasm Unit | 10 Units | 100 Units


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    Yam, ÑAME BLANCO (Dioscorea rotundata) Latin American ‘White’ “Name Root”

    $4.00$200.00

    This one was a real chore to properly ID, but I’m fairly certain that the so-called “Name Root” or “Name Potato” (Ñame yam) is actually Dioscorea rotundata, the “white yam”, a species of yam native to Africa. It is one of the most important cultivated yams, along with the Dioscorea cayenensis. African White Yam is sometimes known as the “Guinea Yam”. Dioscorea rotundata is grown in West Africa, including countries such as Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria.

    Ñame (pronounced nyAH-may) Yam (Dioscorea rotundata) is a Latin American / Caribbean cultivar of African White Yam, that has really sent Google off scratchng its head for several years now every time I’ve tried to look this one up. The Spanish translation of the word ‘yam’ is ‘ñame’. Obviously, everything that exists has a ‘name’ so as one might expect Google doesn’t offer much help. Now while we’ve established that ‘ñame’ is the Spanish word for ‘yam’, this doesn’t mean that we’re not dealing with a unique cultivar considering that there are multiple distinct species and colors of ‘ñames’ aka ‘yams’. So here is the proper ‘Ñame root vegetable’ popular in Hispanic cuisine, which of the yams this is probably closest to the common potato in texture and appearance.

    Live Rootcrop Orders: Specimen size availability on any given week (for all malanga’s, taro’s, sweet potatoes and yams) depends on a number of factors, so comparable substitutions might sometimes be made. With Ñame Yam, currently each ‘germplasm unit’ represents approx. a 2″ length cut from mature stock. In multi-unit orders the tubers may or may not be cut down to size.

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    Ordering Options:
    1 Germplasm Unit | 10 Units | 100 Units


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    Yam, RATALU (Dioscorea alata) India Purple Yam

    $8.00$25.00

    MAY UPDATE: It looks like these might be out of stock for the year again. Check back over the next few weeks as we’ll try hard to keep these coming…

    Dioscorea alata, known as purple yam and many other names, is a species of yam, a tuberous root vegetable, that is bright lavender in color. It is sometimes confused with taro and the Okinawa sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas cv. Ayamurasaki). With its origins in the Asian tropics, D. alata has been known to humans since ancient times.

    Live Rootcrop Orders: Specimen size availability on any given week (for all malanga’s, taro’s, sweet potatoes and yams) depends on a number of factors, so comparable substitutions mightsometime be made. With Ratalu the intended product spec’s currently are: 1 small tuber weighing approx. 4 ounces, or 1 large tuber weighing over 1 pound. Either size is capable of generating multiple plant shoots (germplams), and each can be cut into smaller pieces to successfully produce one or more new live plants. So a 1+ pound specimen could be cut down into four 4 oz bits, each capable of sprouting 1 or more new vines.

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