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Overview

Characteristics

Nutrition Information

 

Overview

Malanga is a root vegetable popular in the tropics and South America. In Florida, malanga is the most popular form of cocoyam, which is a general name applied to several species of Xanthosoma. It is also called yautia, cocoyam, eddo, coco, tannia, sato-imo, and Japanese potatoes. Leafy species of Xanthosoma not grown for tubers are called belembe and calalous. There are actually two different malangas: Malanga blanca (Xantyosoma sagittifikium), considered the true malanga, which grows on dry land. The other is malanga amarillo (Colocasia esculenta) which grows in wet bog-like areas.

 

Sources: University of Florida

Generally, malanga resembles dasheen (taro) and the elephant-ear plant with large green leaves about 2 feet wide by 2 1/2 feet long. The malanga plant may attain a height of 5 feet or more. Edible tubers (cormels) are formed in the soil at the base of the plant. A central large tuber (corm) is formed, with a cluster of cormels, grayish brown to black lateral tubers, around it. Malanga are about the size and shape of a regular white potato; they look a little like an overgrown gladiola bulb, because the outside skin of the malanga is brown and somewhat hairy. It generally weighs 1/2 to 2 pounds, but can be heavier. The interior has an extremely crisp texture and can vary in color from cream, yellow or pink.

 

Sources: University of Florida

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 piece

 

Amount Per Serving

Calories from Fat 1Calories 32

 

% Daily Values*

Total Fat 0.06g  0%

   Saturated Fat 0.015g 0%

   Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g

   Monounsaturated Fat 0.015g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 39mg 2%

Potassium 49mg

Total Carbohydrate 7.65g 3%

   Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%

   Sugars 0.34g

Protein 0.27g

 

Vitamin A 0%  Vitamin C 4%

Calcium 0%  Iron 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18

 

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