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Ure (Colocasia esculenta-Araceae): An Edible Aroid of the Warao

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Title: Ure (Colocasia esculenta-Araceae): An Edible Aroid of the Warao
Authors: Gomez-Beloz, Alfredo
Rivero, Tirzo
Keywords: ethnobotany
indigenous knowledge
indigenous peoples
Colocasia esculenta
food crops
show 11 moreVenezuela
shifting cultivation
Mauritia flexuosa
plant taxonomy
secondary metabolites
vegetative propagation
food preparation

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Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Gomez-Beloz A, Rivero T. 2006. Ure (Colocasia esculenta-Araceae): an edible aroid of the Warao. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 4:103-112.
Abstract: The Warao are the original inhabitants of the Orinoco Delta and the second largest indigenous group in Venezuela. The relatively recent transformation of the Winikina Warao sub-tribe from semi-nomadic swamp foragers to swidden-fallow agriculturists has led them to forsake traditional sustenance foods such as yuruma (palm starch from Mauritia flexuosa Mart.) for various introduced crops such as the tuber ure (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott). This paper describes the origins and taxonomy of ure including its secondary metabolites and uses, a description of swidden (daukaba) selection and preparation, and planting, harvesting, and consumption of ure by the Winikina Warao. It closes with a brief discussion of the impact of ure cultivation on the contemporary Winikina Warao.
ISSN: 1547-3465
Appears in Collections:2006 - Volume 4 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications

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