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Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« on: June 25, 2013, 11:20:06 AM »
I was wondering if anyone was growing Canna edulis for its tubers. If so, how do you prepare them? Also does anyone use the leaves? (I have eaten the leaves and found them neutral tasting but on the fibrous side).

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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2013, 04:55:51 AM »
I have queensland arrowroot and Loas red leafed (red trim only) arrowroot.Peel and bake the starchy rhizomes. I have never eaten mine but give away plenty to people who do.
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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2013, 11:34:49 AM »
The leaves of Canna edulis are reported to have very high protein content 10% or so.

"NUTRITION

Fresh tubers contain about 75 percent moisture. The dry matter contains 7580 percent starch,9 614 percent sugar (mostly glucose and sucrose), and 1-3 percent protein. The potassium content is high; calcium and phosphorus, low.

The leaves and shoots are quite nutritious, containing at least 10 percent protein."

http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=1398&page=31

Plan was to juice the leaves through a masticating juicer.
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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2013, 09:20:30 AM »
wait, are we talking an edible canna here? Where can i get this? i've wanted to grow cannas (in containers of course) but i really can't waste space on inedible stuff. what type of ethnic store would i find the tubers in, and under what name?

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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2013, 11:12:43 AM »
wait, are we talking an edible canna here? Where can i get this? i've wanted to grow cannas (in containers of course) but i really can't waste space on inedible stuff. what type of ethnic store would i find the tubers in, and under what name?

I bought mine from ebay, not sure where you can find it locally.

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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2013, 03:00:42 PM »
went to the grocery (indian), couldn't find it. i'll try to find it locally, i got all my eddoe plants for almost free, but would have had to pay crazy amounts if i bought them online.

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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013, 04:36:47 PM »
went to the grocery (indian), couldn't find it. i'll try to find it locally, i got all my eddoe plants for almost free, but would have had to pay crazy amounts if i bought them online.

You can grow this from seeds. It may not be to cost prohibitive to buy or trade for seeds of this.

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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2013, 12:26:50 PM »
went to the grocery (indian), couldn't find it. i'll try to find it locally, i got all my eddoe plants for almost free, but would have had to pay crazy amounts if i bought them online.

You can grow this from seeds. It may not be to cost prohibitive to buy or trade for seeds of this.

i'll look into it

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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2013, 05:02:00 AM »
My queensland arrowroot has lovely red flowers and is bursting with fat rhizomes.The seeds are just small black spheres like any canna.My photo was a bit big to load and I am having trouble reducing it.
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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2013, 01:27:37 AM »
The leaves are also compost magic. Use them like Comfrey leaves.
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s3750224.htm

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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2013, 09:15:18 AM »
I found Arrowroot at Gold City supermarket. That place is awesome!

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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2013, 03:53:49 PM »
I got my queensland arrowroot from Dylan Terry at Ready-to-Grow gardens.  I have it growing in a pot, but haven't shown it much attention.  Interested to hear more about both the leaves and tubers.
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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2013, 01:19:18 PM »
I nibbled on the leaves and they taste mostly bland with a slight bitterness. I have not eaten the tubers, but intend to do that soon.

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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2014, 02:26:48 PM »
Are they perennial?  I have mine in a small (3 gallon?) pot It has been pretty neglected and has been thriving.  Not growing too huge but I bet the pot has something to do with that.  Anyway, after one of the flowers died and the seeds were removed, it sent up another shoot with a flower.  Anyone else have more experience growing this? 
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Re: Canna edulis, anyone growing?
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2014, 02:04:41 PM »
Any more info on Canna edulis?
Mike, "arrowroot" is a different plant than "canna". Is that just a local name for Canna Lily. I read somewhere that all types of canna are edible but some taste better than others.

 

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