Pretty plant, isn't it?
Yep, very ornamental.
It was on Brisbane Local Food that I learnt you could eat this arrowroot. It's been in our garden for longer than we have, and I'd always called it Canna Lily and thought it was purely ornamental. I got so excited when I realised it was also something starting with a Q, and I did a little happy dance on the spot.
I don't like Quince.
So I'm cheating a little, again, because in order to qualify for my 26 days of planting project, I'm supposed to be planting new things. But you don't refuse the letter Q when it's starting at you in the face and hey, I was also curious as to how it would taste.
So I thought I'd dig up a few tubers, some to replant in another spot and qualify, and some to eat.
On the Bushfood Nursery website, they go on about grinding the stuff up and using it as flour, before blithely writing that Queensland Arrowroot tubers can also be "simply used like a potato and made into chips".
Now in a choice between grinding up a tuber or making chips from it, the chips are going to win for me every time.
I dug up a tuber and found an alien being that I was pretty sure I was not going to be grinding, slicing, or indeed, putting it anywhere near my dining table.
I think I was having heart palpitations just handling it, waiting for it to start writhing in my hands.
Intent on getting a blog post out of this, I gritted my teeth and cleaned it up as best I could. I scrubbed and hacked at it like a champion, thinking all the while, it'll scrub up well Ali, and you'll make chips Ali, delicious golden chips.
Finally I flip flopped it out onto the bench and took stock of my work.
Now you tell me that it doesn't look like something dragged up off the ocean floor.
Chips my bottom. Not a chance.
I've since learnt that you dig up the baby fresh tubers and eat them. Not freaking monsters that have been lurking under the surface since the beginning of time. Not even for your entertainment would I eat that thing.
I'm still imagining it scurrying it around my kitchen floor.