Calocasia esculenta



Large perennial edible herb, 1-2m (3-6 feet) tall. Large basal leaves arise from the corm. Leaves peltate and saagittate to ovate. Leaves and petiole vary in colour.


Harvest 6-8 months after planting. Tubers can be used baked or boiled and used as a potato substitute. They can also be fried. The young leaves are edible when young if thoroughly boiled. Vegetable.


Grows most rapidly during the tropical monsoon season under hot, wet conditions. Some varieties require continually damp conditions. Requires good drainage and an acidic, well-aerated soil. New plants are created by division. It has few pest and disease problems. Keep the tubers covered with soil.


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'Home Vegetable Growing' and 'Commercial Vegetable Production' courses through Australian Correspondence Schools, see 'Commercial Hydroponics' on CDROM from Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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