Fruits & Vegetables Week: Ipomoea batatas, the Sweet potato

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Gurcharan Singh

Jan 10, 2011, 10:35:29 PM1/10/11
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Ipomoea batatas, the sweet potato, the tuberous roots used as food after boiling, baking or frying, usually as chat.
Local names:
Hindi: Shakarkandi, Mitha alu
Beng: Lal alu, ranga alu
Mar: Ratalu
Guj: Kamangi, Sakaria
Tel: Chelagada
Tam: Sakkareivelleikilangu
Mal: Chakarakilangu
Kan: Genasu
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
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Jan 10, 2011, 10:59:24 PM1/10/11
to Gurcharan Singh,
We prepare upama like dishof it for fast called kis. Nabhaji may remember Aashadhi Ekadashi fast of her childhood.
There is some Ipomea called Jangali ratalu. The tribals love it. We planted these near a rainharvesting pond. It grew and spread nicely. One fine day all plants were uprooted. It was a terrible site. All ratalus were eaten.
What is that variety. Leaves similar to your photo but smaller and slight redish tinge on stem.

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tanay bose

Jan 11, 2011, 12:02:59 AM1/11/11
to, Gurcharan Singh,
Nice catch of sweet potato !!
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Aarti S. Khale

Jan 11, 2011, 6:41:02 AM1/11/11
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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:02:04 -0800 (PST)
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Gurcharan ji,
Adding my picture of Sweet Potato flower to your pictures.



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nabha meghani

Jan 11, 2011, 6:55:53 AM1/11/11
to, Gurcharan Singh,
yes madhuri ji,
I remember many things of my childhood made of ratala. At my grandfathers place we used to make "handi", an earthen pot filled with ratalas put in the charcoal fire for some time. these then we used to eat with milk and gul. Mouthwatering.
In germany we get very rarely ratala. The only indian shop in Bremen is 25 km away and so less chance of eating ratala these days. i don't know, if i can grow them in my garden. How are they grown? seeds?

promila chaturvedi

Jan 11, 2011, 8:22:44 AM1/11/11
to nabha meghani,, Gurcharan Singh,
It is also known as shakarkandi. And the roasted shakarkandi tastes gorgeous.

Jan 11, 2011, 1:15:47 PM1/11/11
to nabha meghani, Gurcharan Singh,
I will let you know. But if I a$ not mistaken it is a creeper so cuttings are planted.
Details will inquire and let you know.
But one thing I know that when I visit you in Germany I can carry ratalas as gift.


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Pankaj Oudhia

Jan 11, 2011, 1:32:54 PM1/11/11
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Na Bha

Jan 11, 2011, 4:42:16 PM1/11/11
to, Gurcharan Singh,
Looking forward to your visit. Come in summer so that you need less clothings and have more room for ratalas. :-)) Nalini
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