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Traditional Foods in Sri Lanka – Yams: Root & Tubers දේශීය අල වර්ග

Rathu sudu Buthsarana - Indian Shot - Canna indica.

Yams are a widely used culinary favorite in Sri Lanka due to its taste and its added health benefits.  There are number of underutilized Yams (root and tuber crop) available in Sri Lanka. These  traditional root and tuber crops exist a great nutritional potential.

Sri Lanka is a country rich in floral diversity and this has a considerable number of edible and non-edible roots and tuber varieties. This important resource is commonly known as ‘yams.’ These include roots and tubers indigenous to the country as well as some varieties introduced and naturalized in the country. The traditional knowledge of the cultivation of these roots and tubers passed on from generation to generation.

හුලංකීරිය Hulankeeriya Maranta arundinacea)
හුලංකීරිය / ඈරුක්කා [Hulankeeriya / Arukka] (Maranta arundinacea)
Kaha Bathala - Sweet Potato - Ipomoea batatas
Kaha Bathala – Sweet Potato – Ipomoea batata
Hathawariya Ala - Wild Asparagus - Asparagus racemosus
Hathawariya Ala – Wild Asparagus – Asparagus racemosus
Rathu sudu Buthsarana - Indian Shot - Canna indica.
Rathu sudu Buthsarana – Indian Shot – Canna indica.

Dam ha Sudu Bathala - Sweet Potato - Impomea batata
Dam ha Sudu Bathala – Sweet Potato – Impomea batata

Ratu Batala - Sweet Potato - Ipomea batata
Ratu Batala – Sweet Potato – Ipomea batata

Keedaran Ala
Keedaran Ala

Ral Burulla
Ral Burulla

Ini Ala, Innnala - Hause potato, Country potato, Coleus potato - Solemostemon rohindifolius
Ini Ala, Innnala – Hause potato, Country potato, Coleus potato – Solemostemon rohindifolius

Nelum Ala - Lotus Root - Ne;lumbo nucifera
Nelum Ala – Lotus Root – Ne;lumbo nucifera

Katu ala
Katu ala

Raja ala - Dioscorea alata Greater yam, Water yam, Winged yam and Asiatic yam
Raja ala – Dioscorea alata (Greater yam, Water yam, Winged yam and Asiatic yam)

kalu ala
kalu ala

මඤ්ඤොක්කා[Manyokka]/Manioc/Cassava (Manihot esculenta)
මඤ්ඤොක්කා [Manyokka] Manioc – Cassava (Manihot esculenta)

Hingurala ala - Dioscorea alata L
Hingurala ala – Dioscorea alata L

Gona Ala
Gona Ala

Maha kukula ala - Dioscorea Esculanta
Maha kukula ala – Dioscorea esculanta
Gahala - Colocasia
Gahala – Colocasia 

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