6 responses to “Amorphophallus konjac”

  1. Stuart

    Very interesting! I lived in Japan for quite a number of years and developed a taste for konnyaku and shirataki. I also used to work in the LH Bailey Hortorium Conservatory when I was a graduate student at Cornell. They have a very famous giant Amorphophallus http://blogs.cornell.edu/arum/ but it was not there when I was there. But I did not know that the plant you get konnyaku from was the same genus as the Titan Arum.

  2. Laurence J Berlowitz Ph.D.

    Konnyaku is an excellent source of soluble fibre and is less obnoxious than the favourite North American soluble fibre source, psyllium. Your colon will be very happy when you eat it.

  3. Victoria Oyama

    I currently live in Tochigi prefecture which is the second largest area producing konnyaku in Japan.
    There are konnyaku fields not that far from my house and I was trying to recall whether the flower of the kind of konnyaku produced to harvest the corm, has such a bad aroma.
    I don’t think it is farmed until it flowers.
    Probably the corms are dug up and replanted to reach a certain size for harvesting but not allowed to flower.
    Recently the Amorphophallus titanum in the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens bloomed and you can see photos of how it developed from a tiny tip to a 2.63m giant in just over five weeks.

  4. nettemor4

    We just had some shirataki noodles a few days ago! I had no idea that they came from this plant, which I saw and photographed at the SF Conservatory of Flowers last year. The noodles were advertised as having NO calories. They have virtually no flavor of their own, but I mixed them with green beans, onions and soy sauce. Not bad.

  5. michael aman

    Perhaps malodor is a common trait among Araceae. Symplocarpus foetidus (Eastern skunk’s cabbage)can be found in Northeast swamps soon, as soon as the ice and snow start to clear and can be located by its stinky smell coming from the bare spathes. Later, in early summer even the huge gorgeous leaves have a skunky smell if crushed.

  6. Pat

    It is worth mentioning that konnyaku was banned in Europe due to the deaths of 18 people. There have been 45 deaths known to be due to choking on konnyaku since 1995. The peculiar rubbery jelly is tricky for some people to eat. One person also died after trying a diet of pure konnyaku, from malnutrition.

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