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Anyone Eat Their Aquarium Or Pond Plants?

Just curious. If so, what do you eat, how do you prepare it, and how do you like it?

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umm no. never tried it. I suppose its a reasonable question though. I'd be interested to see the replies.

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Green beans with butter and garlic and a garden salad with a cobomba garnish.


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For real 150EH, you eat that? Is it any good? I've never tried it either, but I was reading that some are used in teas, others as salads and it really got me wondering... Anyone else out there?

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My edible plants book only covers North American species, none of which are in my tank. Therefore I will leave it up to the snails.

Seriously though, I'm sure some of them are good to eat and good for you. I just don't know where you'd find out which. I do know that most parts of water lilies are edible (at least the North American ones). If your tiger lotus puts up surface leaves as often as mine does, chow down. Eh, maybe.
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I wouldn't eat any plant from my tank without cooking it first. There are some bad parasites that can be spread from snails.

I have eaten emergent watercress and it was delicious.
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L. Aromatica is actually an Herb used in Thai/Vietnameese cooking. The name translated is Rau Om, or Rice paddy Herb

A refugee of war, this remarkable little herb came to North America with the thousands who fled Vietnam in the 1970's. The scent and flavor of rau om have a beguiling citrus character that is entirely unique among herbs.

Its fresh leaves are essential in several sweet and sour Vietnamese dishes, including a delightful soup made with tamarind and cantalope..
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oh, if only watersprite or java fern roots tasted good...
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L. Aromatica is actually an Herb used in Thai/Vietnameese cooking. The name translated is Rau Om, or Rice paddy Herb

this is a really interesting topic, I hope there are other examples besides L.Aromatica.

I think if you broaded the topic to include ponds there would be more replies.
Ive been wanting to try waterchestnut to see if I could actually harvest the nuts. Im sure most know of the medicinal properties of horsetail rush, used as a astringent, diuretic, vulnerary.

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All I can say is, even if water lettuce tasted like Romaine lettuce, I wouldn't eat it out of my tank. With the disproportionate amount of fish crap in a fish tank compared to a natural body of water, I'd have to imagine it would taste....er.... like crap.
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Ok, I have to ask because I don't know but will go to bed wondering and would hate to dream about watercress...is it a plant that can be or could be kept in the aquarium or does the name just make it sound like a water plant? I suppose I should do a google search before posting
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Ernest, I changed the topic to include ponds. It'd also be interesting to see what kind of response this would get if we expanded it further to include those plants you can smoke.

Aphyosemion, you raise the point I was wondering about as well. With the larger amount of crap in the water, would they taste different, or with our weekly water changes are we keeping pretty much "clean" plants? Also, I wonder what the effects are of eating edible plants that are grown in an environment where macro and micro nturients are frequently pumped into the water column. Hmmmm..... I guess we have to start with what's poisonous and what's not and go from there.

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I'm not serious at all, I would never eat a plant out of my tank. I just think of all the thing that have been in that tank, medications, every fert and buffer on the market, the dead fish I never could find. Maybe if it was a palnt only tank with some kind sterilized soil, na not even then.


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Snow man, water crest is quite a large for typical home aquarium, usually only suited to ponds, big ponds. You will need to have several individual watercrest plants to collect enough for a dinner plate.

However, Lotus is something that would be quite common in ponds. A little different then lily, seeds, flower, and root of lotus is edible. Normally I only find lily in nursery, lotus on the other hand is harder to find.
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The comments about fish poo and snail parasite is difficult for me to grasp. What, then, do you think were some of our food coming from? Sparkling clean water pond filled with nothing but municiple water or Evian?

.....and I don't trust the "organic" label in the supermarket salad section either.....

Heh...........

I just checked out a few hydroponics site and some of the larger farms raise talapia and other fish in the facilities too. Water filled with fish poo are nutrient rich and are designed to circulate through out their system to grow vegie and fruits. I seriously doubt their water is any cleaner than ours.
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