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From: "Derek Burch" derek at horticulturist.com> on 2002.06.01 at 19:18:14(8935)
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.
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From: Don Martinson llmen at wi.rr.com> on 2002.06.02 at 07:22:17(8936)
Title: Re: 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

Here is a web site that highlights the uses of starch derived
from A. konjac.

http://www.konnyaku.com/e_data/index.html

--
Don Martinson

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From: Paul Tyerman ptyerman at ozemail.com.au> on 2002.06.02 at 07:24:11(8937)
>obvious behaviour pattern for us should be to enjoy the olfactory delights
>of our plants, but to avoid sucking on bits of them. Derek

Derek,

The only problem with this is that it seems that most do not enjoy the
olfactory delights of Amorphophallus . Maybe the decide that as the
flower stinks then they have to try the sucking instead.

My largest Amorphophallus konjac has now gone dormant and is the size of a
large apple now. Here's hoping that I get to enjoy some of those olfactory
delights in Spring!!!!

Cheers.

Paul Tyerman

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.06.02 at 07:25:44(8938)
Derek,

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.

Cheerio,
Wilbert

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.06.02 at 18:28:03(8939)
This reminds me of a GREAT George Carlin act on
TV this AM, where George is commenting on all the sometimes-stupid
'safeguards' we are subjected to by the government agencies---he comments-- '
What ever happened to 'survival of the fittest, thinning of the
herd??? The stupid kid who swallowed too many glass marbles
did not grow up to father even MORE stupid kids!" Sad but
true. I mean, we can not even teach our kids to eat gel
candy??? Wow!

I don`t only smell my aroids, Derek, I cook and then eat the
hell out of several genera!!
(Note that I specified 'cook first'--- I KNOW that there is
someone out there who may have survived the eating of the glass marbles, but
who will NOT survive chewing into a raw Xanthosoma or Colocasia
!!)

Cheers,

Julius

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From: StellrJ at aol.com on 2002.06.03 at 11:38:52(8944)
In a message dated 06/02/2002 6:29:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time, ju-bo@msn.com writes:

This reminds me of a GREAT George Carlin act on TV this AM, where George is commenting on all the sometimes-stupid 'safeguards' we are subjected to by the government agencies

Amen! Or better yet, those "In Living Color" sketches with Fire Marshall Bill.

If konjac gel candies have been banned, I suppose those vegetarian burgers containing konjac flour will be next? And then the Japanese grocery stores will have to stop selling whatever konjac products they carry....

From: Ron Weeks rhweeks at attglobal.net> on 2002.06.03 at 13:12:51(8946)
Julius,

Thanks for sharing you thoughts on natural selection and food BEFORE you
do the aroid cooking demonstration.
I prefer not to participate in an event showcasing the combination.

Ron Weeks

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.06.03 at 17:17:17(8948)
Ron,

As we would say in Trinidad, ''all the more for us to enjoy!" Looking
forward to seeing you at the demonstration, buddy!

Julius

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From: Don Martinson llmen at wi.rr.com> on 2002.06.03 at 17:18:57(8949)
Title: Re: aroids (?) in the news !

In a message
dated 06/02/2002 6:29:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time, ju-bo@msn.com

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From: Alektra at aol.com on 2002.06.03 at 20:21:02(8950)
I actually have eaten the now-banned konjac candy. It's deadly. It is very
pretty, however, because it is transparent and glistens, and it takes up
colors and flavors very nicely.

It's incredibly sticky, beyond anything you might imagine. Let's just say,
it's stickier than a glue mouse trap, although it does not stretch or pull
into strings. And it really doesn't dissolve in the mouth to any noticeable
degree, although you can taste the flavoring they put in it.

You basically have to take a tiny bite of it, let the sweet taste wash over
your tongue, and then swallow it down, making sure your mouth is very moist.
I never found it very pleasant because inevitably a little bit sticks in the
throat. I can just imagine how it kills people.

Konnyaku, a traditional Japanese food, is completely the opposite in
stickiness. I don't think you could get it to stick to anything... maybe the
wall, if you throw it hard enough! I actually think its slipperiness might be
a little difficult for Western palates.

It has a firm rubbery texture that "breaks" when you bite into it. But you
can cut it and put it in stews. It has no flavor, and takes up the flavor of
the foods you cook it with. It's available in cans-- when you take it out of
the can, wash it off before you slice it.

From: "Cooper, Susan L." SLCooper at scj.com> on 2002.06.04 at 08:54:33(8951)
Hmmm, I've eaten the candy too. It is just a small piece of chewy stuff in
a gel. Maybe we are thinking of 2 different candies?? I've had much closer
calls to death by pizza with extra cheese. And remember the uproar about
children choking on hot dogs?

I've been hoarding my last jar of peach candies (yum), and will try to save
it to bring to Raleigh for those of you that want to try it. I'm trained in
CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.
Gee, contraband konjac candy and ladybugs in my luggage- hope I make it
through the airport! ;)

Susan

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From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2002.06.04 at 23:06:00(8956)
this has been discussed before. konnyaku is actually quite good in a curry sauce, for example, or broths, keeping in mind that's it's quite bland in flavor, but heavy in substance.

the little fruit-flavored konjac candies are actually quite good and addictive. it's hard to eat only one. you have to chew them before swallowing, as with any food. if there are concerns with children possibly swallowing them whole, then maybe those kids should not be given these candies, instead, they should stick to fruit, which is much healthier anyway.

tsuh yang in NY

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