[LMB] Gardening experiences, was School Is no Place for a Reader

Paula Lieberman paal at filker.org
Tue Sep 3 02:46:50 BST 2013


There's a hardy swamp plant with arrowhead-shaped leaves, that I thought has 
the common name "arrowroot" and I was wondering whether that were "plumpkin" 
or not.

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From: A. Marina Fournier
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2013 09:05 PM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] Gardening experiences, was School Is no Place for a 
Reader OT:

On 2 Sep 2013, at 11:34, I <iosef at gothic.net.au> wrote:
> On 3/09/2013 12:27 AM, Paula Lieberman wrote:
>> Kudzu root, know by the name "kuzu" I think, is a very high quality 
>> thickener for food.
>> Did up the tubers and use them as food....
> AKA Arrowroot.

aka *Japanese* arrowroot, actually. From the Wikipedia:
Arrowroot is a starch obtained from the rhizomes (rootstock) of several 
tropical plants, traditionally Maranta arundinacea, but also Florida 
arrowroot from Zamia pumila, and tapioca from cassava (Manihot esculenta), 
which is often labelled as arrowroot. Japanese arrowroot, Pueraria lobata, 
also called kudzu, is used in similar ways.




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