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Purple Taro in Somville/Camb/Boston?

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I was so surprised that Super88 didn't have this the other day. Reliable doesn't have it. HMart does.
Has anyone seen it elsewhere? It has so much more flavor than non-purple taro.TIA.

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  1. I haven't looked for a while, but Market Basket in Somerville used to regularly carry 'malanga lila' in the bins near freezer section (near the yuca, plantains, etc). La Internacional near there is also worth a look and La Sultana Market certainly has malanga blanca, but not certain about the lila. I can't guarantee its the same thing (between Portugal, the caribbean, south america and Asia there is a lot of substitution calling things different names), but its worth a try to see if its what you are looking for.

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    1. re: itaunas

      I confirmed last week that Market Basket in Somerville had malanga lila in the location I mentioned -- near yuca, bitter orange, etc and facing the freezers (the plantains may not have been there). It was all in good condition and I only saw one piece which had signs of black spots (unlike Shaws in Medford which had really awful ones). As I said above there is a lot of substitution and different names so not certain its what you are looking for, but similar to what I have been served as purple taro.

      1. re: itaunas

        thnx much itaunas, i'll go next wk.

        1. re: itaunas

          itaunas, never thanked you for this tip. we finally found it in stock there and bought it. malanga lila (lilac?), grown in costa rica.

          I wonder why it's so scarce in Boston; it has so much more and better flavor than regular taro.....

          i steam and mash it and make taro cakes with shrimp,ham and scallions. thanks much again.

      2. Maybe it's hit-or-miss, or gone forever, but I saw plenty at the old Super88/Hong Kong Market last winter.

        1. You might try the Somerville Winter Market at the Armory on Saturdays. They have a number of vendors selling produce including one that specializes in root vegetables.

          1. Over the phone today the produce person at MB Somville said they have it, but a trip there proved her wrong.the other som mkts also were a no. And super 88 was a No the other day, so unfortunately it's onto H Mart for us. phooey.

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            1. re: opinionatedchef

              now, get THIS!> the produce guy at HMart told My Love that there is no such thing as Purple Taro! Wow, now i REALLY am in trouble! Plse remember me- those of you shopping in Asian and Latin markets; TIA.

            2. Could you be referring to purple yam? In the Philippines this is known as ube and is made into a variety of desserts, ice cream being a favorite of mine.
              Purple yam - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioscore...
              Ube and blueberry ice cream recipe - http://burntlumpia.typepad.com/burnt_...

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              1. re: alsaman

                no. ppl yam and ppl taro are entirely different.

              2. All the names used for taro from different languages totally confuse me. If it's malanga lila you are looking for, I found some today at the recently opened big Phu Cuong market on Dot Ave.

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                1. re: kobuta

                  kob, thx much for thinking of me. i did find it finally at MB Somerville. (i just never get down to dorch. but it's very helpful to have another source.)