Tropical Roots

Tropical Roots can be intimidating, most of them have thick, strange-looking skin, and long stems with leaves sprouting out of them. Because they grow underground, they absorb a great number of nutrients from the soil. Actually, roots are some of the most nutrient-dense vegetables in the world. As a result, they’re not only amazing for your health, but they’re versatile in the kitchen. They are absolutely delicious when prepared properly.

  • Malanga Lila

    $2.59 each
    Malanga Lila is a root vegetable popular in the tropics and South America. It has more flavor than most other starchy tropical tubers, and its taste is earthy, and has been described as more like nuts than potatoes. Origin: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua Availability: Year-Round  
  • Yam Yellow

    $2.59 /pound
    Yellow Yam is a versatile vegetable. It can be roasted fried, boiled and baked. You have to be very careful when peeling a yam. If the peeled yam touches your skin it itches a lot.  Yams may be boiled like potatoes as a starch with meals. Origin: Jamaica Availability: Year-Round
  • Malanga Coco

    $4.49 each
    Malanga Coco is similar to a yam in appearance and a potato in flavor. This root is commonly used in tropical countries. Malanga is also similar to Taro in texture and appearance but has a woodsy taste with a hint of black walnut. Origin: Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua Availability: Year-Round
  • Boniato

    $2.49 each
    The Boniato (also called Batata) may be pink, purple, cream, or red. However, its flesh is dry, white, and smooth in texture. It can be baked or roasted and can be served whole or mashed just like a regular baked potato. Origin: USA Availability: Year-Round
  • Ginger

    $1.19$1.99 each
    Ginger is the underground root of the ginger plant. It has a firm, striated texture. Its flesh may be yellow, white or red in color and its skin may be thick or thin depending on the plant’s harvesting time. Origin: Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, China Availability: Year-Round  
  • Pumpkin (Arjuna)

    $2.19 /two pounds
    Arjuna Pumpkin is suitable for harvesting either immature green or fully mature red-brown fruit depending on what the market requires. It has proven to be an extremely high yielder with well-developed plants producing three to four fruits. Its flesh is firm, sticky, yellowish orange in color, and tastes excellent. Origin: Dominican Republic, Honduras Availability: November – March  
  • Chayote Green

    $1.19 each
    Chayote is a pear shaped, light green squash. It has a creamy white flesh, that becomes cottony as it matures. It is crunchy and very mild with a sweet taste, similar to cucumber. Additionally, it can be consumed raw or cooked. Origin: Costa Rica Availability: Year-Round  
  • Malanga Eddoe

    $1.99 each
    Malanga Eddoe Also called Eddoe, this species is native to China and Japan. It can grow in cooler and drier climates, which makes it a suitable crop in parts of North America. The corms are generally smaller and rounder resembling a striped, hairy potato. Origin: Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador Availability: Year-Round  
  • 8 oz Turmeric Yellow grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes. Indian traditional medicine, called Siddha, has recommended turmeric for medicine. Its use as a coloring agent is not of primary value in South Asian cuisine. Origin: Jamaica Availability: Year-Round  

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