Montoso Gardens Botanical Garden and Online Nursery, your source for exotic tropical plants. Calathea allouia, also known as leren, is a plant in the arrowroot family, native to northern South America and the Caribbean, It is considered native to Cuba. Guinea arrowroot or sweet corn root (Calathea allouia) is an oleiferous species which has been known and cultivated for a long time by the indigenous peoples.
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Leren has been introduced as a minor root crop in tropical regions around the world. It produces egg-shaped tuberous roots 2 centimetres 0.
Indigenous people of the Americas have used the durable leaves to make traditional medicines and as baby clothing. Leren usually reproduces itself through rhizomes which produce shoots and new plants. Leren is adapted to a tropical climate with alternating rainy and dry seasons. It sprouts with the first rains and grows rapidly, forming tubers which are harvested as the foliage begins to die back eight or nine months after the initial sprouting.
The rhizomes, harvested at the same time, are tolerant of both drying and flooding, allouiaa divided and replanted again at the onset of the rainy season. Frequent irrigation is necessary during dry periods. Leren is often planted in shade or partial shade but can grow in full sun with adequate moisture and nutrients. Leren is traditionally cultivated on a small scale. Its cultivation is declining as it has been replaced by other crops.
Leren is usually cooked by boiling the tubers for 15 to 60 minutes, As food, leren is often compared to water chestnut Eleocharis dulcis because leren, like the water chestnut, retains its crispness despite being cooked. Boiled leren has a taste similar to sweet cornhence one of its common English names. The cooked tuber is covered with a thin, edible skin which is most easily peeled cxlathea cooking.
Leren is mostly eaten as an hors d’oeuvre or appetizer. Leren tubers can be stored at room temperatures for up to three months, but do not tolerate refrigeration well.
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The nutritional value of leren has not been thoroughly studied, but the tubers have a starch content of percent and a protein content of 6. Archaeologists have discovered that leren was one of the first plants domesticated in prehistoric South America. Leren was being allokia there to be eaten raw, dried, or ground into flour. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Leren Scientific classification Kingdom: Archived from the original on Archived copy allouja title link. La Flora de Jauneche: Banco Central del Ecuador, Quito.
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