What is this weird fruit

tdj2591December 29, 2012

My mom picked this off a vine in La. Any idea what it is? It's about the size of a softball, quite hard with a very rough skin.

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carol23_gw

I think it's Dioscorea, aka Air Potato.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 6:57PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the link says:

Toxicity

Uncultivated forms, such as those found growing wild in Florida can be poisonous. These varieties contain the steroid, diosgenin, which is a principal material used in the manufacture of a number of synthetic steroidal hormones, such as those used in hormonal contraception.[2] There have been claims[3] that even the wild forms are rendered edible after drying and boiling, leading to confusion over actual toxicity

ken

ps: really now ... an air potato .. who knew.. and only 9:30 am.. and i learned my new thing for the day.. now i can go back to bed.. lol ..

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 9:27AM
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elaineal(z8AL)

It is very invasive in South Alabama. I think I am about to get rid of mine. It was brought here from FL.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 11:38PM
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elaineal(z8AL)

It is very invasive in South Alabama. I think I am about to get rid of mine. It was brought here from FL.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 11:55PM
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tdj2591

Thanks all for the info. I've never heard of an air potato. Now I know!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:02PM
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eahamel(9a)

These are very invasive, so I hope you don't plant it. The arboretum here has tried to get rid of it on their property, but can't. (They want a native plant wilderness area, so the invasives are the ones they target for removal).

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 11:03AM
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