The Garden Magazine, June, 1921 p. 272

H. S. Tillotson, Philadelphia. Pa.

IF YOU could have a bed of attractive foliage plants during the summer, and at the end of the season use the roots in the preparation of a palatable and nutritious food, wouldn't you care to do so?

This is exactly what may be done with the Trinidad Dasheen, a member of the Colocasia family, the tuberous rootstock of which, variously known as Taro, Eddoes, and Cocoes serves as an important article of food in the far East and in some of the Pacific islands. Its foliage closely resembles that of the familiar Caladium or Elephant's Ear to which it is related.

Fourteen ounces of Dasheen from an-ounce-and-a-half cormel, as shown above, is not an extraordinary yield. Why not not add this easily grown, palatable, and nutritious root to your menu?

Introduced into the United States by the Agricultural Department a few years ago, this semi-tropical plant bids fair to become a staple food crop, especially in the South, where, on account of the moderate climate, it develops to perfection.

The edible root or corm contains more starch, sugar, and protein than does the potato; and when boiled possesses a flavor somewhat like that of the potato, and yet suggesting the chestnut. The flesh is usually white, though it sometimes has a bluish tinge.

There are a number of appetizing ways in which the corm may be prepared; when boiled, it should be served while hot, in order to be enjoyed to the utmost. As there is a mucilaginous substance just beneath the skin, the latter is easily removed after cooking.

While the Dasheen is really a long-season plant requiring about seven months for full development, fair sized corms and cormels may be produced even in the North, if it is planted as soon as danger of frost is past. The accompanying illustration shows a corm and cormels weighing a total of fourteen ounces, resulting from the planting of a one and one half ounce cormel. This plant had a growing season of five months, in soil of only fair richness.

In growing the Dasheen, care must be taken to give it plenty of water, and a rich sandy soil will be found most conducive to good root formation.

Dasheens planted in the centre of a bed and surrounded by Cannas, make a most pleasing effect in the garden.

CybeRose note: Many cannas also have edible roots.