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Old 05-08-2016, 07:11 PM   #1
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Old namé root?

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a namé root. Within a few days, it rotted. So, I went back to the store and asked for another one. The second one was not rotten, but it was dark brown inside. I roasted it, but it stayed hard. Then I boiled it some, but it tasted like cardboard. Isn't namé supposed to be light-colored inside? Was my namé just extremely old? Just wondering. I plan to throw out what's left, since I don't particularly like to eat cardboard. ;)

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Old 05-08-2016, 07:52 PM   #2
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Old namé root?

I am of no help here, admittedly, I had to look up namé root. Apparently you use it as you would a sweet potato.

Being a root vegetable, it certainly shouldn't rot after 3 days. Like carrots, parsnip, turnip, etc., it should last a lot longer.

Reading more, it's tropical, apparently we don't grow it in the US, it's imported.
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Being a root vegetable, it certainly shouldn't rot after 3 days. Like carrots, parsnip, turnip, etc., it should last a lot longer.
My theory is that nobody was buying it, so it was probably sitting around forever. I had a relative buy a jicama from the same store about a month ago, and it was very soggy, which means it was very old.
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Reading more, it's tropical, apparently we don't grow it in the US, it's imported.
Yes, it was from Costa Rica. It was the Melissa's brand. This is what the description on their Web site says: "Shaped like a long sweet potato, the flesh of Name is creamy or yellow in color." The flesh of the one I had was dark brown. I should have made Melissa eat it herself. ;)
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Thinking I would skip the grocery store namé, and just go to Costa Rica, where they'd serve it fresh!
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Thinking I would skip the grocery store namé, and just go to Costa Rica, where they'd serve it fresh!
Good idea. Maybe I can get Melissa to pay for my trip! ;)
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Good idea. Maybe I can get Melissa to pay for my trip! ;)

I'll come with you!
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I'll come with you!
I'll ask Melissa's customer service if they'll be willing to pay for a second ticket. ;)
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I'll ask Melissa's customer service if they'll be willing to pay for a second ticket. ;)

Packing my suitcase!
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Packing my suitcase!
I talked to Melissa's customer service. They said that Melissa feels the prices of airline tickets are a bit too high at the moment, but she's holding out hope that they may drop a bit by the time summer rolls around. So, you might want to unpack your suitcase for just a few weeks.

They suspected that the root was indeed old. In the meantime, they are sending me a coupon for another one. So, that's decent enough. Incidentally, they told me that you pronounce the root NAH-may.
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Great tenacity, Neptune! Good on you for pursuing and getting a coupon. Though I'd prefer tickets to Costa Rica...
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