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 Post subject: Canna Edulis???
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A couple of years ago, I bought a tuber from a garage sale. Thought it sounded like a good filler.
I now suspect it may be an edible variety of canna. The foliage is beautiful once the weather warms up and it loves a good drink.
Can anyone help with a more accurate way of ID as it could well be a good AP plant!


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 Post subject: Re: Canna Edulis???
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What colour flowers?

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Just checked the Village GardenWeb site, and they are saying yes.treat like potatos, peel cut up and boil five minutes or until soft. Sald ,pepper and enjoy

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I have a photo of one in flower in one of my growbeds if that is any help. (probably around 6 months ago if that helps) Beautiful striped foliage and coral pink coloured flower from memory. Slugs love the leaves too.

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Yes slugs do love the leaves but as yet it has not flowered :cry: It may be that it is too pot bound. I will repot and plant some in a GB. This will give me an opportunity to prepare some and see if we dont poison ourselves :D

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If it is pot bound possibility that it will not taste as good as a plant that is not stressed. Cheers

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possibility that it will not taste as good as a plant that is not stressed

Good point ccbear. I will keep that in mind :D Today is the day.

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Will be interested to hear your report, I have a mob of the red flower ones down the back. Cheers

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Well! We tried the canna corm last night :) Not bad considering it was probably under stress. We peeled and removed the slightly woody outer layer then sliced. It would be best, I think in a stir fry as the texture is similar to water chestnuts. It has no flavour so could be incorporated in most meals or even sweet dishes with a little imagination. It has earned its place in our GB #2 . Very happy that we are still alive to tell the tale. :D

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Would love to have seen some of the pics Ron and Ruth :cry: but very happy that you have shared your experience, I wil be most inclined to give it a go now :thumbright:

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It wasnt really worth a pic. We didnt do anything other than try a bit raw and boiled a few slices. We did find that the boiled slices turned a greyish colour but that may be due to the tuber being old. Did get a very poor shot of the tuber before it got the chop though


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May have to cut and leave in cold water or brush lemon juice on it before cooking. This may help with the discolouring. Cheers

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