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Need Surinamese Pom Tayer

rdeman | Mar 12, 201206:01 PM


I'm desperately looking for Pom Tayer - the basic ingredient needed to cook a proper Suriname 'Pom' dish. It's a root from the Amazone jungle in Suriname.
This yellow gooey stuff is usually sold in Suriname and The Netherlands grated and deep frozen in bags.

There's a thread here on Chowhound (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/816701) that has pointed me in the direction of looking for fresh 'malanga root' or 'taro root' and a few other ones, and then grate the stuff myself. I believe that 'malanga root' is the appropriate English name and that 'taro root' is similar but actually a different species. The other link also mentions 'The closely related Xanthosoma species is the base for the popular Surinamese dish pom.'

So probably I wan to buy fresh Xanthosoma - but I have never heard of Xanthosoma before and I guess this is the Latin biological species name, and not the name under which it is sold in the supermarkets. I have called Ranch99 and some Hawaiian supermarket, but they have no clue what I am talking about. Also, I have only seen this stuff pre-grated and deep frozen bags imported from Suriname into The Netherlands, so I would have no clue what the actual fresh root would look like.

Any help finding this stuff is welcome and I'll be happily sharing some of the pom tayer dish!

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