Tuesday, June 30, 2015

No-work malanga roots



Malanga is a tasty little root from the tropics. The plants are a close relative of the ornamental elephant ears grown in landscaping and they look much the same, though a little smaller.

The central roots and the side roots are edible - just toss a good bulb back in the ground when you harvest and you'll have more the next year.

Malanga is a bunching perennial that is easy to grow and divide. They enjoy a lot of water and can even grow right in a ponds without rotting. My best-looking malanga plants are growing in The Greywater Oasis by my back patio. That's where the roots above came from.

A couple of days later I boiled these, then stir-fried them with rice, eggs, fresh greens, kidney beans and some curry.

Excellent!

To grow your own malanga, go hit your local ethnic market and buy some good-looking roots, then plant them. That's how I did mine and I've now had them growing for years.

The ones above were simply stuck in the ground beneath the banana trees as seen here:


Anyone else growing malanga?


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4 Comments:

At June 30, 2015 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Derek the Grower said...

I have malanga and edible taro growing. Both from store bought roots!

 
At June 30, 2015 at 9:57 AM , Anonymous Andi | GreenBasket said...

I have what I think are malanga but I haven't taken them to be positively identified yet. Malanga are yummy!

 
At June 30, 2015 at 5:48 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Yes. If you get the wrong thing, it'll burn your mouth. I have a friend who mixed up taro and malanga once. Once.

 
At July 1, 2015 at 6:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am but mine have not done well because they don't get enough water. Maybe I will move mine closer to my banana trees at the back of the yard. Yours look beautiful! Lyda

 

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