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Re: [aroid-l] edible corms

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] edible corms
  • From: ken@spatulacity.com
  • Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 12:23:54 -0400

I'm not sure it was ever really resolved. The reason I'm calling them a corm
is because my friend Matt Opel, soon to receive his PhD in botany from the
University of Connecticut, told me that it's a corm! His explanation to me
was that a corm gets used up and replaced during the growing season, which
is true of Amorphophallus.

If that's the wrong information, don't blame me! I'm a programmer, not a
botanist or a horticulturist...


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lester Kallus" <lkallus@earthlink.net>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 5:08 AM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] edible corms

> Perhaps I missed something.  I thought earlier that Amorphophallus was
classified as having tubers rather than corms.  (I know this has been
discussed at length in the past but I don't recall the upshot.)
> Haven't people been calling the Amorphophallus "things" tubers rather than
>         Les
> -------Original Message-------
> From: ken@spatulacity.com
> Sent: 05/06/03 11:18 PM
> To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
> Subject: Re: [aroid-l]  edible corms
> >
> > Absolutely! Amorphophallus konjac is an edible corm! Various
> are consumed in Asia, not only the corms but also the very young petiole
> and leaf, before they open. You can make a high carb flour from A. konjac.
> That leads me to wonder, though, if you harvest the petiole and young
> leaf,
> will the corm send up a second leaf or is the growing point now gone and
> the corm will die in the ground? The web site I was on referred to people
> stir frying the Amorphophallus leaves, but didn't mention any details of
> the "farming" operation.
> -Ken Mosher
> Lester Kallus wrote:
> >
> > We all know onions so there's the great example of bulbs and we all know
> potatos so we know tubers.  I grow Canna so understand rhizomes but have
> never thought of an edible example of thizomes.  More importantly, though,
> is there an edible corm?
> >
> >         Les Kallus

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