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Plant growing on creek. Had large dark green leaves with wavy edges that resembled a elephant ear. Hence the common name.
A true plant from the tropics, meaning that they appreciate lots of warmth, humidity and water.
Yeah, I will not try to do it myself for sure. Next time I have someone that have experience with that plant, or maybe even on a restaurant, I wil try, but definitely not by myself! thank you for looking out :)
Frank,till you figure out how to cook it , You should stay away from it. Everything that Viv has written is true. Extra care has to be taken to remove the stem and it has to be de veined. It is cooked with tamarind and now it makes so much sense after what Viv wrote about why it is. If not cooked properly it does irritate your throat.
Alright Emma, I will try it next time I have a chance!
Well it is very tasty, As a matter of fact i have some frozen in my fridge . i shall warm it up and have it with a cup of tea.
Emma, I will be afraid to eat it!
Thank you VivBraznell for the cool story!
This if i am not mistaken is a delicacy in Western Indian cuisine.
I've been meaning to check out this plant myself as many people grow it in their gardens here in Thailand, and as most people tend to grow things they can eat I wanted to know what they did with it. My landlady walked past with a few stems yesterday and when asked what she was going to do with them she told me, "boil in hot water". Having just read the following in Wiki - Quote - The stem (a corm) is edible, but contains raphid or raphide crystals of oxalic acid that can numb and swell the tongue and pharynx resulting in difficult breathing, and sharp throat pain. The lower parts contain more of the poison. Prolonged boiling before serving or processing may reduce the risks but acidic fruit such as tamarind will dissolve them. .. unquote. I don't think I will bother : (
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Spotted on Mar 8, 2012 Submitted on Mar 8, 2012