RARITY VEGETABLES FROM CHINA
China belongs to the ancient cultural centers of the world; it also is an old agricultural center. Regions of the country reach from the cold over the temperate and subtropical to the hot climatic zone. So every kinds of vegetables can be grown in that country. An estimated number of 210 species and sub-species, belonging to 29 different plant families, are grown as vegetables in China. They include a great many of special vegetables which are uncommon in other countries. Some of them will be presented by slides:
- Phyllostachys pubescens (Bamboo shoots): Perennial; growing area south China; harvest over the entire year; young shoots consumed in cooked condition.
- Medicago hispida (California Burclover): Biennial, herbaceous; seeding in spring or autumn, harvest about 1 month after seeding; consumed in cooked or preserved condition.
- Amorphophallus konjac (giant-arum): Perennial, herbaceous. Propagation through tubers in spring, harvest in autumn. Tubers are rich in starch; consumed in cooked condition (as fresh plant slightly poisonous). To be washed in lime-milk before consumption.
- Amorphophallus konjac plant
- Hemerocallis flava (common orange day-lily): Perennial, herbaceous. Propagated in spring through lateral shoots; flower-harvest; fresh, or dried consumed in cooked condition.
- Lilium concolor (morning star lily): Perennial, herbaceous. Propagation through tubers. 'Flower to admire, tuber to eat'.
- Lycium chinense (Chinese wolfberry): Shrub, spread over China, height 1–2 m, propagation through cuttings. Harvest of leaves and shoots about 2 months after propagation. Consumed in raw or cooked condition. Fruits have an essential medicinal effect.
Zhang, H. and Fritz, D. (1989). RARITY VEGETABLES FROM CHINA. Acta Hortic. 242, 167-170