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Re: [Aroid-l] FW: Anthurium fruit edibility

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] FW: Anthurium fruit edibility
  • From: "Abrimaal" abrimaal@wp.pl
  • Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 18:16:20 +0100

Drancontium loretense's fruits are also edible after cooking.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
To: <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 1:17 PM
Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] FW: Anthurium fruit edibility

From : StroWi@t-online.de <StroWi@t-online.de>
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : Thursday, March 9, 2006 7:12 PM
To : aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject : [Aroid-l] FW: anthurium scandens

Dear Folks,

Concerning the edibility of Anthurium scandens fruits, the answer would be yes, they are edible, but you would get very little 'reward' except for a flavor and lots of skin/seeds for your efforts w/ this genus/species, which is most probably distributed by birds (and bats??) in nature.
The genus Monstera, species deliciosa, is better suited for eating by humans, though there are some real dangers if one does not know the correct time and method of eating these fruits!! This genus has probably evolved so that larger monkeys and fruit bats are its major seed distributors. There is a wonderful clip on public TV of a spider monkey feasting on the ripe fruit of Philodendron goeldii WAY up in the jungle canopy.
I have experimented and found that when ripe, many aroid fruit have a delicous/good flavor, even the odd-ball genera such as Dracontium (some species) and Synandrospadix (reputidly a very 'bad' plant to fool around with, at least the tubers and leaves). If I am not mistaken, our mentor Dr. Tom Croat of MOBOT first reported that even the fruit of the dreaded Dieffenbachia ('dumb cane') were very sweet and fruity to the taste when ripe!! Lynn Hannon and myself tested his hypothois when visiting Joep Moonen in Fr. Guyana, and found this to be correct, at least in one Dieffenbachia species that we encountered!
We must keep in mind the 'why' of these plants' fruit tasting 'good'. The method of their distribution in nature to other suitable growing places depends of them being eaten by mammals and birds, so color (for the birds, as I am not aware of how much taste perception birds may posses) and taste (for the monkeys, bats and other mammals) are the soloution to their continuing distribution and survival in nature.
Good growing,


I guess this was meant to be sent to the aroid-L......
Good growing,

There is an anthurium scandens here in the greenhouse with attractive
berries....i have take one to see the flavour,and it's seem very
sweet,and it is.....So are the fruit of a scandens
edible,or should i have to die nearly?....(hehehe)
Are some anthuriums know for his edible fruits?


Dear Lord P.(lanttaxonomist)thanks for this final
identification!Yours,Bernhard.-----Original Message-----> Date: Tue,
 7 Mar 2006 16:14:42 +0100> Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Amorph
Identification> From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" > To: "'Discussion of
aroids'" > Hi Bernhard,> > This is Am. lambii indeed.> > Cheerio,>
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