Elephant ear plants have been in cultivation for over 28,000 years as a food
crop in equatorial regions including India, China, Southeast Asia, Indonesia,
Polynesia, the Mediterranean, Africa, and South America. Because Colocasia has
been in cultivation for so long, no one knows for sure where it truly is native,
but all evidence points to somewhere in Southeast Asia.
All parts of the plant are edible if they are thoroughly steamed or boiled to
first remove calcium oxalate crystals. The cooked leaves are used in Hawaiian
luaus and the corms are mashed into poi. Prior to the mid-1800s, Colocasia were
a staple food crop and the native Hawaiians cultivated hundreds of varieties.
Modern agricultural crops have supplanted Colocasia in Hawaii and the number of
commercially grown varieties has plummeted. However, beginning in the 20th
century, agricultural scientists started to preserve the Hawaiian Colocasia
varieties and breed new ones. These breeding efforts have also led to the
development of many new ornamental varieties.
Approx Weight: 0.04 lb. / Each
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.00 x 2.00 x 0.25 in.