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Meet The Natives: Amorphophallus konjac

The Konjac, or Buk kliang, is a strange shaped plant which is popular in Thailand as it has almost no calories, but is very high in fibre, and therefore is actually often used as a diet food.


By Nattha Thepbamrung

Sunday 26 July 2015, 08:00AM


Konjac plant by Larry wentzel.

Konjac plant by Larry wentzel.

The plant contains Glucomannan, a type of carbohydrate, and products containing glucomannan are sold as dietary supplements for constipation, obesity, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

The Buk’s corm, often referred to as a yam, contains a lot of Glucomannan and can be made into a popular Asian fruit jelly snack, commonly known as lychee cups.

Konjac root powder is used as an ingredient in vegan alternative seafood products.

It can be incorporated into animal-product-free versions of scallops, fish, prawns, crab, shrimp etc.
This plant grows well all over Thailand due to the countrys loam soil which is plentiful in organic matter.

 

 

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