Re: Edible Alocasias
Hi Anne & Carla,
The only Alocasia that is (very marginally) edible
is Alocasia macrorrhizos and that requiring very considerable preparation to
move the formidable battery of chemical and physical properties that it has
evolved to prevent herbivory.
The Colocasia and Xanthosoma that are widely eaten
as carbohydrate and vegetable crops have been selected over a long (sometimes
very long) time to reduce the harmful properties that the wild progenitors
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 5:43
Subject: [Aroid-l] Edible Alocasias
I received this
message from Anne in Western Australia. Please read below and see if you
can help to answer her question about Alocasias.
Carla V. KostelacHi Carla,
Assistant to Tom Croat &
Missouri Botanical Garden
Box 299, St. Louis,
images to our FTP Server.
How are you? I am from Western Australia and I have
recently found some Alocasia plants being sold in a nursery. I would like to
know whether all Alocasia species are edible. In my home country, Mauritius,
we eat Colocasia esculenta and taro.
How can I know whether the species
in the store is edible?
Thank you very much for any reply. I tried to
email Rod, but I could not send emails to him.
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