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Can you imagine the person who looked at this 6 ft. plant with a bloom bigger than your head, a scent akin to a rotting corpse, and thought..."I bet I can eat this!"
The truth is though, that we do. Well, at least Asians very much do and yours truly certainly has. Meet "Amorphophallus konjac" or The Voodoo Lily, commonly turned into konnyaku or jellied sweets with a firmer texture than jell-o. In fact, they were banned in America as choking hazards (because we persisted in not reading labels and giving it to children too young, as well as a lack of parental supervision). However, I still have my sources & a package of lychee-flavor resides in the crisper!
I was delighted to see it in person along with a few other treasures:
Bleeding Heart Orchid in as fluffy a bloom as you'll find.
See the red bean? That's a ripe coffee berry, ready for roasting!
A rare sight, a cocoa pod (about tennis ball size) growing indoors!