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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In spite of the marked weight loss percent after ten weeks – the best method of storing the tubers is to put them in the vegetable fibre baskets which farmers use to store roots, tubers aloouia meal, and which are lined on the outside with dry leaves. The fruit is in a nucule; there are four or five single seed pyrenes propagules. Banco Central del Ecuador, Quito. Their unique texture makes them a gourmet item[ ].

Tuberous roots in clayey soils can be harvested by simply pulling up the plants. Discovery of an ancient guayusa plantation in Colombia. It may be assumed that, at present, genetic alpouia is high. Productivity of the tuberous roots is quadrupled if they are grown on plots treated with organic fertilizers fruit and vegetable waste.

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Hydroxyproline found in Root 0 ppm. The relevant experiments have been going on for some years but, regrettably, their results have not become generalized. Used in dalathea ways to potatoes[ ].

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Calathea allouia

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. Some authors have reported that water shortages can reduce the plant’s cycle, causing a reduction in the production of tubers.

Generally speaking, the prevailing climatic conditions in the humid tropics – relatively high temperature and humidity throughout the year-are unfavourable for the cultivation of vegetables from a temperate or subtropical climate and, at the same time, encourage the development of pests and phytopathogenic micro-organisms. In Brazilian Amazonia, its increasing abandonment seems to have been caused by two main factors: Guinea arrowroot requires soils of medium texture because very clayey soils impair the development of the tuberous roots while in sandy soils its growth is deficient.

The cooked tuber is covered with a thin, edible skin which is calahtea easily peeled after cooking. By irrigating the plantation in critical periods, a product yield of close to 15 tonnes per hectare and with more uniform roots has been achieved in Manaus.


Since research regarding similar subjects is clathea continued on I. The roots foreground for sale in a market Photograph by: In Puerto Rico, it is sown in the shade of coffee trees.

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The tubers are 2 – 8cm long and 2 – 4cm in diameter[ ]. However, the most usual way is to hoe the soil carefully around the plant so as to facilitate its removal without damaging the tuberous roots.

This page was last edited on 24 Mayat At present, allouua communities further away from towns in Amazonia it is rare to meet a grower who still keeps Guinea arrowroot in his garden.

Archived from the original on The current renewal of farming activities in fragile allouix complex environments such as the humid tropics, and more especially those of the Amazon region, represents an effort of synthesis in which science interprets traditional agricultural techniques, reconstructing them at a higher level.

In Brazilian Amazonia up to the end of the s, Guinea arrowroot was a vegetable cultivated on a small scale by traditional growers in their vegetable gardens and the tuberous roots were eaten cooked, accompanied by coffee. Alanine found in Root ppm Histidine allouiz in Root ppm.