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Where to find batata baroa or mandioquinha?

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turtl_girl Aug 10, 2010 05:31 PM

Hi folks -- does anyone know where I can find batata baroa, also known as mandioquinha? It is a brazilian root vegetable that looks something like a fat, yellowish parsnip and tastes like a cross between a yukon gold potato and a parsnip.

Thanks!

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    nestorius RE: turtl_girl Aug 10, 2010 09:24 PM

    You might find it in the frozen foods section of Latin grocery stores under its Colombian name, arracacha.

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      turtl_girl RE: nestorius Aug 11, 2010 05:11 AM

      Thanks nestorius -- have you tried cooking with the frozen kind before? What is the taste/texture like in comparison to the fresh?

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        nestorius RE: turtl_girl Aug 13, 2010 09:27 PM

        Well, I have used the frozen variety only to make "sancocho", a Caribbean stew of root vegetables and the meat, poultry or fish of your choice. It works for that purpose. In Venezuela it is called "apio criollo" (creole celery, perhaps for its similarity to celery-root) and is usually boiled. I have had it as a fried pasty and as a sweet spread ("marmalade") in Colombia, but I have not tried these dishes with the frozen variety.

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