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cab



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 05 8:33 pm    Post subject: Calaloo Reply with quote
    

Just caught a few moments of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall on the telly, he was talking to a bloke from the Caribbean about calaloo. Looked a lot like an amaranth. Is it one? What's it like to grow and eat?

Cheers,

Cab. [/code]

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 05 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

According to the Oxford Companion to Food, callaloo is the name given to various green leaves used to make the soup of the same name, these include:
Taro - Colocasia esculenta
Tannia - Xanthosoma brasiliense
Amaranth - Amaranthus spinosus and A. flavus
Pokeweed - Phytolacca octandra
Branched callaloo - Solanum nodiflorum

I don't know anything about them, but it gives you some terms to stick into Google.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 05 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sean wrote:
Branched callaloo - Solanum nodiflorum


At first glances that says poisonous to me...

Never tried it but have often seen it on the menu of cafes and in shops in tins; I think it is often served as a green too?

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 05 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Bugs wrote:
sean wrote:
Branched callaloo - Solanum nodiflorum


At first glances that says poisonous to me...


The Oxford Companion to Food did say that that was the least commonly used, maybe that's why...

judith



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 05 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My sister used to eat callaloo when she lived in Trinidad. Said it was something of an acquired taste - very gloopy and glutinous, like a spinach crossed with okra.

Mat S



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 05 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The HFW programme gave the impression that calallo is a single type of vegetable like carrot or spinach. Conversation with a Carribean mate says that it is a mix of various vegetables and some herbs & spices.

Just read the itchy potato thread - he also said potato leaves are edible. I thought they were poisonous?

hils



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 05 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My allotment neighbour grows LOADS of it. You probably saw him on BBC Gardeners world in the Nottingham St Anns allotments. He uses it like a cabbage - either steaming or boiling. Has also said he's used it like a spinach too.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 05 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I used to buy it in tins in London to eat with salt fish & ackee. Yep, glutinous, spinachy, dark green...

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 05 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hils wrote:
My allotment neighbour grows LOADS of it. You probably saw him on BBC Gardeners world in the Nottingham St Anns allotments. He uses it like a cabbage - either steaming or boiling. Has also said he's used it like a spinach too.


Does he save his own seed? Can you get some? And what do you want to swap for it?

hils



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 05 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

cab wrote:
hils wrote:
My allotment neighbour grows LOADS of it. You probably saw him on BBC Gardeners world in the Nottingham St Anns allotments. He uses it like a cabbage - either steaming or boiling. Has also said he's used it like a spinach too.


Does he save his own seed? Can you get some? And what do you want to swap for it?


I'll see what I can do...

Leonie



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 05 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mat S wrote:
he also said potato leaves are edible. I thought they were poisonous?


So did I, I thought all green parts of the potato plant are poisonous, including green tubers. I think the flowers are edible though.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 05 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've always been under the impression all parts of the potato are poisonous apart from the white (or red or blue!) tubers. The berries are definitely poisonous, so I'd be surprised if the flowers were edible...I'm not going to try them any time soon

Millymollymandy



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 05 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I tried it in a West Indian restaurant and it was absolutely delicious!

DavidW



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 05 8:08 pm    Post subject: Callaloo Seeds Reply with quote
    

Hi,
Iím interested in growing the outdoor variety of Callaloo does anyone know where I could buy some seeds.

Thanks
David

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 05 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I haven't bought any yet, but these guys seem to have an amaranth they're referring to as calaloo:

https://www.seeds-by-size.co.uk/orveg.htm

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