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Aug 16, 2007 09:23 AM

"ñame" root in Boston??

Does anyone know where I could find Name root in Boston?? I went to Russo's in watertown and they didn't have it. I was thinking of heading to the Moody Street little stores, but does anyone have any recommendations???

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  1. Good question. I'd call Nobel at El Oriental de Cuba and ask him where he gets his.

    Or order it online:

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      I've not heard this term before, but it sure looks like many of the Caribbean yams I know. Is "ñame" just spanish for yam, or is it a special kind?

      I'd head to Tropical Foods on Washington Street (just off Melnea Cass) or Hi-Lo Foods in JP. The latin and caribbean bodegas will carry similar root vegetables, even market basket in somerville carries many varieties of caribbean and latin tubers.

    2. Best place to find hard to locate 3rd world food items is:

      Tropical Foods
      2101 Washington St
      (between Eustis St & Melnea Cass Blvd)
      Roxbury, MA 02119
      (617) 442-7439

      1. Two comments on this. I have always had better luck finding name than stuff like Jicima (Wilson's and Arlington S&S have Jicima). Secondly there seems to be a bit of variety in what is called name (for brazilians its a type of malanga and things labeled name are different roots). In any case I have seen multiple varieties of things labeled name at Market Basket, along as multiple malangas. Haymarket also regularly has at least one type of it.

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          1. I'm pretty sure I've seen it at the Shaw's in Porter Sq., Cambridge.