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Tried them once-absolutely horrible-do not bother
This was years ago-they were roasted as I recall-tasted of well -nothing
Thinking back they were the cactus ones grown from seed -the flowers were not up to much either -hence the experiment
Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants
Root - cooked and used as a vegetable]. A bitter flavour A sweet extract of the tuber, called 'dacopa', is used as a beverage or as a flavouring. It is mixed with hot or cold water and sprinkled on ice cream. Its naturally sweet mellow taste is said to combine the characteristics of coffee, tea and chocolate]. The root is rich in the starch inulin. Whilst not absorbed by the body, this starch can be converted into fructose, a sweetening substance suitable for diabetics to use
Info from http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Dahlia+pinnata
Oh dear, a dangerous failure to understand written English by Jon Cob.
All parts of the tulib contain toxins
Read more: Tulip Bulb Toxicity | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/128031-tulip-bulb-toxicity.html#ixzz2MdyevNts
I do hope you haven't followed your own advice Jon cob - and I do hope that your dangerous lack of knowledge hasn't lead someone else to try eating tulip bulbs.
You are correct in one respect - starvation did result in some people trying to eat tulip bulbs during WW2 - however the results were tragic.!
think I will leave the tuber casseroles for now
More rowlocks from gridgardener
Wouldn't eat any tubers other than the ones I know are OK to eat. Some of them are extremely poisonous, like aconite. Best to leave well alone, UNLESS you know what you are doing. Same goes for wild mushrooms, I'd sooner buy supermarket ones that are guaranteed to be OK.
A lot of the Dutch died at the end of WW2, they were so hungry they tried eating bulbs of every variety. There also weren't many dogs or cats around, those that hadn't already died of starvation were themselves eaten. If you are dying of starvation, anything that will stay down is palatable. Even dog, cat, rat, hegehog or horse. Nature is a Mother, and as such she's tried to make things that are not good for you bitter. It's no good for the plant, either. Lots of seeds are designed to pass unharmed through an animal's system in order that they germinate AWAY from the parent plant, thus aiding propogation of the species. Tomatoes are a good example, I've been told (don't know if true) that they won't germinate unless the gelatinous coat is removed, by going through an animal's system.
I'd be interested to know (as there are lots of clever folks hiding on here) if there is ANYTHING that's bad for you that tastes nice? I thought most things that would make you ill were bitter, on purpose.