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RE: aroids (?) in the news !

  • Subject: RE: aroids (?) in the news !
  • From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@worldonline.nl>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2002 09:25:44 -0500 (CDT)

This is indeed the Amorphophallus konjac starch. I got a memo from somebody in the USA protesting against the idea that these konjac-candies are a hazard.
-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: aroid-l@mobot.org [mailto:aroid-l@mobot.org]Namens Derek Burch
Verzonden: zondag 2 juni 2002 4:16
Aan: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
Onderwerp: aroids (?) in the news !

The Florida Agriculture Commissioner has banned the sale of a gel candy containing "conjac"  The gel is said not to dissolve at body temperatures and thus presents a hazard to children who swallow it whole.
Is this one of the starches from an amorphophallus? Or perhaps a more generic name in the Pacific for something from an underground storage organ?
Anyway, the obvious behaviour pattern for us should be to enjoy the olfactory delights of our plants, but to avoid sucking on bits of them. Derek

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