Woody root(?) in Cambodia
December 6, 2016 2:24 AM   Subscribe

I saw a woody branch-like plant for sale at Cambodian vegetables stands. What was it?

It looks like a branch and tapers at one end. It's light brown.

This was about an hour outside Siem Reap. My driver made an unexpected U-turn to get it, so I assume it's not available (or is substandard) in the city markets. I assume it was edible, but that's just because it was displayed with some other produce.
posted by quadrilaterals to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
Burdock root?
posted by Pizzarina Sbarro at 2:37 AM on December 6, 2016


bamboo shoots?
posted by Dotty at 6:24 AM on December 6, 2016

Nagaimo or Chinese yam?

Maybe ginseng root (though I wouldn't call it branch-like), bamboo shoots (though I wouldn't think it looks like a root), or burdock (though I can't think of it ever having been light brown).
posted by Mizu at 6:38 AM on December 6, 2016 [1 favorite]

I presume you would recognize ginger root and/or galangal if you saw it and this isn't it?
posted by Nerd of the North at 12:28 AM on December 7, 2016

could be cassava (sometimes called manioc)?
posted by rubyrudy at 8:28 AM on December 7, 2016

I'm still not sure. Burdock is too thin. I would recognize cassava, bamboo, galangal, or ginger. Nagaimo looks pretty light-colored, and doesn't have striations in the "meat". Thank you all!
posted by quadrilaterals at 1:21 PM on January 3, 2017

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