What is a Yautia Malanga you may ask. Well to be quite honest with you, I am not sure. I have been writing about this strange object for over a week now and I have yet to understand what it is. The name leads one to believe that it is an exotic fruit or vegetable, in which you would be correct. Well, at least the label that the Wegmans produce department placed on it says so. Despite this, the name can be deceiving. You would expect an interesting shape or colorful exterior, but the yautia has neither of those qualities. Its outer layer resembles that of a potato, brown and porous. It is odorless, managing to conceal what is behind the boring and bland outside. As a result, I am left wondering if this strange-looking object is simply a foreign potato or if it is hiding away an exotic flavor or vibrant colored flesh?
Nevertheless, having only had the opportunity to focus on the outside of the vegetable, there left much to be debated about. Was the interior solid? Was it porous? Was it colorful? These things still remain a mystery. Even so, the exterior was exhibiting obvious signs of deterioration. As time passed, the yautia began slowly wearing itself away. Wispy, white spots intertwined with shades of green materialized on the surface of the vegetable. The boring, brown surface was now not so boring. The white and green mixed in with the brown creating pockets of color. This color was of course a result of the vegetable going rancid, but at least it brought something interesting to the table, something other than the perpetual blandless and monotony.