Please help identify this plant, known as Callaloo in Jamaica

My Jamaican gardeners have planted something they call Callaloo in my garden. The Wikipedia article lists a number of plants that are used for Callaloo but none of them are an exact match for this plant,
http://picasaweb.google.com/bjoshuarosen/Callaloo #
I think it looks like taro but my gardeners don't think so. They brought the seeds from Jamaica where it's grown commercially so chances are that this is safe. However these are the same guys who said that pokeweed was edible so I'm not going to touch this stuff until I know what it is. Please help identify this.
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Asshole did you not post this before?????????
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On Thu, 08 Jul 2010 16:22:09 -0400, Bill who putters wrote:

No I posted the pokeweed picture, this is a different plant.
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But it is. With qualifications, of course.
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On Thu, 08 Jul 2010 16:35:32 -0500, balvenieman wrote:

Yes, they love it.
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the url you gave, I still see only the pokeweed photo. What's up?
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On Thu, 08 Jul 2010 20:54:11 -0500, balvenieman wrote:

I put up a second picture of it, the album is called Callaloo and it should be public. The background is the same as the pokeweed because it's in the same garden (I've pulled out most of the pokeweed). The leafshape is different, the Callaloo has a crinkly leaf, the pokeweed has a smooth leaf.
http://picasaweb.google.com/bjoshuarosen/Callaloo?feat=directlink
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garden? Have you checked you state's list of invasive species? I haven't but it can't hurt before risking letting something pestiferous naturalize.
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General Schvantzkoph wrote:

cook and a houseboy.
I ate a lot of a callaloo. I started off not liking it and after a month I despised it. Just the mention brings back bad memories. And that wasn't for lack of ganja.
Go to a Jamaican store and try it.
Jeff
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wrote:

Most of the time, yes, callaloo is taro. However it seems that other plants are used to make the dish called callaloo. Such as amaranth, spinach, and even pokeweed. If you'll google Callaloo plants, you will find much info. and even recipes. I found Wikipedia interesting and www.getjamaica.com has an extensive article. (pictures too)
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Looks like wild amaranth or where I come from red root pigweed. The leaves are used like spinach spring and summer, the grain is collected in the fall. Pull a seedling and see if the root isn't red. I teach an edible plants course and that is a common weed in my garden now. Steve
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Most of the time, yes, callaloo is taro. However it seems that other plants are used to make the dish called callaloo. Such as amaranth, spinach, and even pokeweed. If you'll google Callaloo plants, you will find much info. and even recipes. I found Wikipedia interesting and www.getjamaica.com has an extensive article. (pictures too)
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On Thu, 08 Jul 2010 23:03:54 -0400, Steve Peek wrote:

Thanks, I think your guess about red root pigweed is probably correct. One of the Jamaicans did mention pigweed.
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General Schvantzkoph said:

I agree with Steve Peek; this looks like some species of Amaranthus (and not the Xanthosoma sp. also grown as Jamaican callaloo). Identifying to particular species is probably something that requires a plant in bloom and more expertise than I have.
http://www.innvista.com/health/foods/seeds/amaran.htm http://www.pbase.com/image/109098975
And the Wiki link for Amaranth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth
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