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  Edible Alocasias
From: "Carla Kostelac" <Carla.Kostelac at mobot.org> on 2009.02.27 at 21:43:54(19144)
Dear Aroiders,

I received this message from Anne in Western Australia. Please read below and see if you can help to answer her question about Alocasias.

Thank you, everyone!

Best wishes,




From: Peter Boyce <phymatarum at googlemail.com> on 2009.03.01 at 06:50:25(19147)
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 posses.




From: "mossytrail" <mossytrail at hctc.com> on 2009.03.02 at 01:38:44(19150)
I know that Alocasia macrorrhizos is/was a food crop in some
Pacific Island nations. In Hawaii, it was called `ape
(pronounced "ah-pay"); in Pohnpei, they say they no longer
eat eat it, but used to before WWII -- they call it "wild
taro," to distinguish it from the currently cultivated taros
(Colocasia and Cyrtosperma).

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