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casava - may be ready for harvest?

Postby gardenlen » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:31 am

ok,

we have a number of casava bushes growing been in around 12 months now, so believe they may be ready for harvest and eaten?

we don't eat it, so wonder if someone out there or someone knows those who may eat it?

if so put them in touch please

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Re: casava - may be ready for harvest?

Postby HortMaster » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:33 pm

Yeah you usually harvest them after about 8-10 months when the bush is 2-4 metres tall. I'd eat them but I think I'm on the other side of the country unfortunately:) Don't you like it? Makes awesome cake. The ones I've grown over here aren't very big because of the sand... Been working on a few techniques to get them bigger.
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Re: casava - may be ready for harvest?

Postby gardenlen » Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:24 am

g'day hortmaster,

we haven't eaten any as yet our tubers get reasonable size like large sweet 'taters

only had one plant to harvest last year, got about 10 or so that we grew from cuttings.

here some opposing ideas eg.,. if too mature in the ground when picked can be poisonous?? and should be grown for 12 months to be harvested when they begin to die off(which is not now a bit of rain bought on a flush of foliage)

they've been growing for at least 10 months planted at the beginning of an 11 month dry, kept going with some watering

might give them a try on teh plate this year, nothing adventurous just cook and mash maybe? it's that or put notice on local bulletin board to give away, i would still take cuttings

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Re: casava - may be ready for harvest?

Postby pinanga » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:26 am

google cassava recipes for many great ideas ..
grated and cooked with coconut cream is popular with Pacific islanders and Filipinos

Lots of misinformation about regarding toxicity .
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Re: casava - may be ready for harvest?

Postby HortMaster » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:47 pm

Hi Len,

I think they're poisonous at all stages of growth. They contain cyanide like many seeds and tubers to prevent animals eating them. You basically need to cook them thoroughly by either boiling, roasting or frying. Peel all the skin off too. I suggest cutting them into pieces, once peeled, and boiling until soft, like you would for mashed potato. As far as I understand, by cooking it the cyanide becomes inactive, it's not a case of flushing it out, you just need to make sure it's thoroughly cooked.... kinda like taro tubers. It's great for mash or just baked;)
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Re: casava - may be ready for harvest?

Postby gardenlen » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:18 am

ok, we will give them a try

yes have read they need to be peeled heavily and cored

amny thanks
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Re: casava - may be ready for harvest?

Postby pinanga » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:33 am

Theyn have an obvious thick skin that is easily peeled off with your fingers after cutting into smaller bits and scoring .
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Re: casava - may be ready for harvest?

Postby gardenlen » Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:00 am

ok pinanga,

time permitting will pull a plant through the week

will also plant more cuttings, should they be rotated as in not in the same spot?

ta
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