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  Colocasia gigantea
From: "David Sizemore" <maui4me at charter.net> on 2007.03.25 at 03:52:58(15474)
Hello all, I've been on this list for some time but usually just lurk and
absorb the knowledge of the wise contributors. I've noticed that
discussions about Colocasia gigantea crop up from time to time. I've grown
it for a long time and remember being told it was edible by the Vietnamese
lady that I got it from. I found an excerpt from a book that discusses it's
edibility that might be interesting to the more adventurous of you:

From: brian lee <lbmkjm at yahoo.com> on 2007.03.25 at 18:37:44(15477)
Dear David,

Aloha. I live in Hawaii and eat zuiki or bac ha all
the time. I grow it but never knew the name Colocasia
gigantea. There is a caveat...many plants look just
like this and if you do not get the right plant,
calcium oxalate crystals will assault your mouth.
Also to prep the petioles, one must peel off the outer
skin...which is easily done. It is really delicious
in Vietnamese hot and sour soup. I think it is best
blanched quickly as some clones may have more
calcium...although the Japanese like it raw with
sashimi...raw fish.



From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.03.25 at 21:41:06(15481)
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