I saw a Free Cycle post giving away elephant ear leaves.� It caught my attention because I’m thinking why would somebody want elephant ear leaves?� So I sent a reply saying I was curious why somebody would be giving away the leaves.� If they were trying to preserve the plant they had to dig it up and save the bulb for next year.
I got a reply to my reply saying that he thought the leaves were beautiful and that somebody could maybe use them for decoration.� He also said his neighbor told him that Central Americans ate the leaves and that the bulbs were already stored.
I sent a reply to his reply to my reply saying that I had heard that people used the leaves as molds for hypertufa projects such as elephant ear shaped fountains.� Hypertufa is a faux stone concrete made from a mix of portland cement, vermiculite, perlite, peat moss, sand and water.� There are many recipes for the proportions of the mix to produce different end results.� Hypertufa troughs to be used as planters is one of the easier projects to try.� Here’s one from the Garden Web forum.
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He sent a reply to my reply to his reply . . . and so on and so on and so on.� Guess what?� This was the person who was the recipient of the biggest of the elephant ear bulbs I gave away through Free Cycle.� When I gave the bulb to him I asked that he send me a picture in September so I could see how his did.
Here is a before showing the large bulb he got …
… and here is after.
He said mine is the biggest one in the back.
I did a quick internet search and elephant ear a/k/a taro is edible.� There are recipes that use both the leaves and the root.� Now that I think about it, I remember reading that you can go to the grocery store and buy the taro root and grow it.
Thanks, Paul, for the pictures.� It’s nice to know that my baby’s baby went to a good home.