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  D. (loritense) spruceanum fruit.
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.03.15 at 02:42:05(13949)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Sunday, March 12, 2006 5:16 PM
To : "Discussion of aroids"
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] FW: Anthurium fruit edibility

Hello Marek,

[D. 'loritense' is now a synonem of D. spruceanum, the review of Dracontium
by Zhu and Croat (2004) makes this clear.]
I`d be VERY interested in knowing the actual source of this report of the
fruit of this species of Dracontium being edible after cooking, as the
structure of all Dracontium sps. fruit that I am aware of would seem to make
this unlikely, and most species produce smallish and few seeds, very little
'reward'.. The one species I managed to sample when ripe ( D. soconoscum
(??), at John Banta`s place YEARS ago) consisted of, per fruit, a LITTLE
fleshy, juicy, sweet-tasting pulp enclosed in thickish yellowish skin over a
smallish seed, there was little 'substance' beside a good flavor in the
fruit, which seemed to ripen a very few at a time, or even in the entire
infructesence, that could be cooked and eaten.
The only seeds of an aroid that I am aware of that are cooked (roasted) and
eaten are those from Montrichardia sp., our own Pete Boyce assures me that
when he sampled them, in the company of indigenous people in the Amazon,
that they were delicious. They are LARGE and many seeded, especially when
harvested in quantity from the dense stands of this aroid, which would then
provide a big enough 'reward' to be worthwhile.

Good Growing,


From: "Abrimaal" abrimaal at wp.pl> on 2006.03.16 at 14:37:48(13956)
Dear Julius,

What a terrible mistake I've made. Not fruits - the rhizomes.

You may read it here

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