Amorphophallus konjac produces a single large, smelly flower from each bulb. Photos courtesy of David Waugh, Morningwood Farm, Mt. Horeb. Common Name: Devil’s Tongue. Amorphophallus konjac. Cultivated for food, the plant sends up its large flowering stems before the leaves are produced. The proper name for the konjac plant is Amorphophallus, but it is also sometimes called konjaku, elephant yam, devil’s tongue, snake palm.

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Water-soluble fibers are recommended to aid in cholesterol and weight management. In traditional hand papermaking in Japan, konnyaku imparts strength to paper for dyeing, rubbing, folding—and other manipulations, such as momigami. It contains water, protein, carbohydrate, lipids, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, pantothenate, niacin, fatty acid, folic acid and dietary fiber.

It is also used as a vegan substitute for gelatin. Systematic review and meta-analysis [Abstract].

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Publisher Dorling Kindersley, London. Subscribe to our Newsletter to recieve: Konjac corm powder has a noticeable ‘fishy’ smell and is used as an ingredient in vegan alternative seafood products.

Its ability to move through the digestive tract very slowly also slows down carbohydrate absorption. This QR Code is unique to this page.

Amorphophallus konjac – K. Any data you provide will be primarily stored and processed in the United States, pursuant to the laws of the United States, which may provide lesser privacy protections than European Economic Area countries. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Glucomannan may have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. Amorphophallus konjac acts as a diet aid that has many benefits.


For full functionality, it is necessary to enable JavaScript. This may block essential drug and nutrient absorption, therefore wait two hours before and after consuming Amorphophallus konjac to take medications. Cultivated for food, the plant sends up its large flowering stems before the leaves are produced. It is hardy to zone UK 8 and is frost tender.

Konjac is grown in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and southeast Asia for its large starchy corms, used to create a flour and jelly of the same name. It usually germinates in 1 – 8 months at 24?

Researchers compared the effects of the glucomannan supplement with a guar gum supplement. The proper name for the konjac plant is Amorphophallusbut it is also sometimes called konjaku, elephant yam, devil’s tongue, snake palm, and voodoo lily. This is because it absorbs a lot of water and does not dissolve readily. Six health benefits of konjac How to use konjac Risks and considerations Takeaway. This is because it made them feel fuller for longer.

Konjac can also be used for facial massage accessories, which are currently popular in Korea and gaining popularity in the West. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Glucomannan is its scientific name, and its other common names include konjac mannan, devil’s tongue, konjac, elephant-foot yam, snake plant and konnyaku.


Amorphophallus konjac is also used as a food preservative and as a thickening and carrying agent in pharmaceutical products. However, calcium oxalate is easily broken down either by thoroughly cooking the plant or by knjac drying it and, in either of these states, it is safe to eat the plant.

We may share your information with third-party partners for marketing purposes. Retrieved 8 April Experiences with three different fiber supplements in oonjac reduction [Abstract]. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: This type of fiber helps a person feel full longer by slowing gastric emptying.

Voodoo Lily (Amorphophallus konjac ‘Nightstick’) in the Amorphophallus Database –

Amorphophallus konjac is a healthy food substance, even though it is indigestible. Forest margins and thickets at elevations of – 1, metres in western Yunnan[ ]. More Sign up for our newsletter Discover in-depth, condition specific articles written by our in-house team. To learn amor;hophallus and make choices about data use, visit our Advertising Policy and Privacy Policy.

People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet[ ]. Mindfulness ‘has huge potential’ as a weight loss strategy. In Japan, the corm is known as a great source of Konnyaku, a type of flour used in many dietary products, and jelly.