Malanga is a tasty little root from the tropics. The plants are a close relative of the ornamental elephant ears grown in landscaping and they look much the same, though a little smaller.
The central roots and the side roots are edible – just toss a good bulb back in the ground when you harvest and you’ll have more the next year.
Malanga is a bunching perennial that is easy to grow and divide. They enjoy a lot of water and can even grow right in a ponds without rotting. My best-looking malanga plants are growing in The Greywater Oasis by my back patio. That’s where the roots above came from.
A couple of days later I boiled these, then stir-fried them with rice, eggs, fresh greens, kidney beans and some curry.
If you’re interested in growing malanga, go hit your local ethnic market and buy some good-looking roots, then plant them. That’s how I did mine and I’ve now had them growing for years.
The ones above were simply stuck in the ground beneath the banana trees as seen here:
Anyone else growing malanga?
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