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Re: [Aroid-l] Tasting Lemna minor

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Tasting Lemna minor
  • From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon@hotmail.com
  • Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 17:29:42 +0000


I really enjoy experience new tastes and foods. However, Lemna are fast growing plants that are used to remove metal traces from ponds (including toxic metals). I am part of a project that studies the ability of Lemna and Pistia to grow and remove metallic traces from contamined ponds, so they can be completely removed if you take plants out of the water. That means that you should be worried not only with the extra proteins from worms and water bugs but with what kind of neurotoxic or carcinogenic metals you are eating. If you are planning to eat Lemna, follow Julius' recipe (seems tasty...), but cultivate your own plants in safe water.

Very best wishes,


Dr. Eduardo G. Goncalves
Universidade Catolica de Brasilia
Curso de Ciencias Biologicas
Sala M-206, QS 7, Lote 1, EPTC
CEP 72030-170, Taguatinga DF, BRAZIL.

From: "Abrimaal" <abrimaal@wp.pl>
Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Tasting Lemna minor
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 20:51:52 +0100

Lemna has no leaves :P

----- Original Message -----
From: ted.held@us.henkel.com
To: Discussion of aroids
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:30 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Tasting Lemna minor

In the spirit of reckless scientific curiosity, I tasted a few specimens of Lemna minor last night. I am pleased, and somewhat disappointed to record that I could not detect any taste at all. They have a pleasant sort of crispy texture and might serve to bulk up a salad in an interesting way. On the other hand, Lemna patches in the wild host vast numbers of small animals and such, so cleaning them sufficiently for human consumption would be a problem. So caution is urged for the daring. But my home-raised Lemna, a nuisance rather than a deliberate cultivation, are quite clean and I had no qualms about fishing out a few for the experiment. And here I am this morning, still alive, with no apparent ill-effects from the experience.

I speculate that I am the only person on this list to have consumed a whole raw aroid, including leaves, in one sitting.



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