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eddoes and alocasia

This plant thrives in hot humid weather...we've had that in spades the last week or two... they've been slow to develop but now they are gradually leafing out... the eddoes I bought at the grocery store, the alocasia was from a nursery. If you want to play the name game...check out Alocasia, Colocasia and Xanthosoma...



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Lori:

Those leaves look yummy! : > )

The young tender leaves taste the best...just like spinach.

When you have time you'll have check out the gigantic Xanthosoma I've posted a week or so ago.

7 Aug, 2010

 

Imagine that! WOW.... just had a look at that Xanthosoma. I've got high hopes, aye? lol...

27 Aug, 2010

 

Lori:

Have you cooked the taro leaves before?

27 Aug, 2010

 

No I have not tried to cook the leaves...I was just happy to see them sprouting! lol...didn't realize that they could be part of dinner! Do you have any taro recipes you could share, D1?

28 Aug, 2010

 

Lori:

I usually just steam them like spinach. It is commonly used in Laulau which is a delicious, traditional Hawaiian dish.

30 Aug, 2010

 

Will have to google that....thanks D1.

31 Aug, 2010

 

Lori:

: > )

2 Sep, 2010

 

Salted butterfish, pork, chicken and ti and taro! Can you eat the ti leaves too?

2 Sep, 2010

 

Lori:

It's usually wrapped in banana leaves also. No you can't eat the ti leaves or banana leaves. : > )

3 Sep, 2010

 

they say it's steamed...by the moisture in the leaves I would presume?...this is in a traditional cooking pit? would love to experience a traditional luau... must be fantastic.

3 Sep, 2010

 

Lori:

It's traditionally steamed in the leaves. It's steamed in a big pot.

The traditional cooking pit is where Kalua pig is cooked.

4 Sep, 2010

 

I'm wondering about Hawaiian agriculture... specifically the plantations of pineapple. Pineapple Ananas comosus isn't native there, I'm guessing. So what would be traditional polynesian food? Is taro native to Hawaii?

5 Sep, 2010

 

Lori:

I think it's native to most of the South Sea Islands.

Of course, Ananas comosus is native to Brazil...like most Bromeliads.

7 Sep, 2010

 

Once again this conversation leads to some interesting research...I thought that pineapple came from the east...so many of our food crops (staples) originated in South America...potato, tomato, pineapple, avocadoes ...what else?

13 Sep, 2010

 

Lori:

Yes, it's always an interesting conversation. : > )

Avocados are native to southern Mexico and Central America. I know this because San Diego County is the biggest producer of avocados in the U.S.
Virtually every variety grows here...and avocados are harvested all year.

13 Sep, 2010

 

Lucky you! I love the small, late, almost black avocados! they're scrumptious! with shrimp or crab salad they are to die for!
One of the first plants that I grew for free, in my impoverished youth, was an avocado. A friend showed me how to suspend the pit in a jar of water... It grew to about 4 feet tall until my room mate left the window open in the middle of winter and it died from exposure!

13 Sep, 2010

 

Lori:

You like the Mexicola variety...it's very creamy. There's a Mexican purple-skinned variety which is super buttery, creamy also.

When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area I had a huge 40 foot/ 12 meters tall avocado tree. It had terrific avocados. It was always a challenge to get to the avocados before the squirrels got them first.

14 Sep, 2010

 

Did they take the whole fruit off the tree...or did they just sample as they went?
I have a squirrel (I think I mentioned him before...his name's Erasmus...and Erasmus really likes the sour grapes on my arbour...he's been back and forth collecting, I guess...but discovered that he also likes my epiphyllum cactus...he's taken a nibble or two...but the worst discovery was that there is a larva (I'm thinking) of something or other that taking huge bites out of my orchids!!!

14 Sep, 2010

 

Lori:

The squirrels would just take a few bites out the avocados. It was very irritating!

15 Sep, 2010



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