[Sca-cooks] Taro was: looking for lentil recipe

Elise Fleming alysk at ix.netcom.com
Fri Mar 11 12:18:00 PST 2011

I wrote:
 >In looking up various meanings of "colocasia", one dictionary says that
 >it is "arum colocasia" and calls it "Egyptian bean".

And Bear replied:

 >They are apparently referencing Palladius who identified "colocaseum" 
 >as Faba Aegyptica or the Egyptian bean.  Arum colocasia is an entirely
 >different plant, Colocasia esculenta, AKA taro.  Some ancients also 
 >confused C. esculenta with the water arum, Calla palustris.

That explains a lot.  I'd looked up the "arum colocasia" on the Internet 
and found a number of different references to plants other than 
"colocasia".  The properties were different and I wondered which one(s) 
were more edible!

Alys K.
Elise Fleming
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alyskatharine at gmail.com

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