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Edible aquatic plants?

I know, it sounds a bit off track. Down here we have a plant called samphire that grows on the edge of saltwater shores that is a delicacy. Bypassing the obvious seaweeds has anyone come across any humanly edible aquarium plants? I was just looking at my tank and I'm a bit peckish....
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L. Aromatica is eaten in Vietnam, and other Asian countries.


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I'm thinking about riccia salad. Instead of throwing those floating riccia to a trash can, why not our stomach??
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or a nuphar japonica salad! my housemates think they look delicious!
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forget plants! How about fish?
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I know people eat arowanas in tai land.

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Discus are a delicacy in Brazil and Clown loaches are an entree in Tailand.

Hydrocotyle leucocephala (pennywort) is a bittersweet plant for salads (sort of like endive)

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Going back to plants...Bacopa caroliniana or Bacopa 'colorata' can both be used as a minty spice. Smell it next time you trim it out.

The aquatic plants used as spices are usually the emersed form, not the submersed form most of us keep.


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Pennywort is also supposed to help relieve arthritic pain. I got my Dad to try some of my 'hippy medecine' but he didn't think it helped much.
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Ipomoea aquatica, aka "Kangkung" or "Kangkong" is an aquatic plant which grows in wet lands, slow flowing rivers, lakes, partially submerged. Locally in southeast asia is eaten as regular vegetable, cooked in steamboats, hotplates, stir fried with anchovy sauce or shrimp paste. Speaking of which I'm planning to have a kangkung blacan tonight.

Arowanas got eaten locally in rural borneo.

L aromatica? I have not tried it yet but will do sometime soon. Pennywort? I have some growing inside my tank and will try out how it taste.
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One of the things I loved from the Indo Malaysian area was sambal kangkung.
Lived on it for a while. Only one place I know of here that does it well.
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L aromatica? I have not tried it yet but will do sometime soon. Pennywort? I have some growing inside my tank and will try out how it taste.
here is a link I found about it a while back.
http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/...?Limn_aro.html

Edit: For some reason I am getting a warning message that the link may fail. It worked both times I tried it.


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Safado,
I know that one.... L aromatica looks rather different in its edible form compared to the aquatic one. It is commonly used as salad relish and herb in dishes. If I'm right it is called "kemangi" and usually used by the top part. It looks kinda hairy compared to the coloured and bald aquatic version. As the name suggest, the herb is aromatic. Try to smell one when you prune it.
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Duckweed is edible if you talk to my Cockatoo.
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Samphire

Must confess, have harvested and consumed mass quantities of samphire whilst growing up in the UK.
Was very tasty boiled w/ a touch of vinegar ....but, think I'll pass on the discus & duckweed combo!!
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