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clickie ([personal profile] clickie) wrote2007-12-10 03:58 pm

things that gel

I am totally fascinated by the myriad sources that jelly or gummy foods come from. A short list:


  • Coconut jelly, from young coconuts
  • Gelatin, obviously, from collagen of animals
  • Agar, from seaweed
  • Glutinous rice flour (mochi etc)
  • Tapioca, from a euphorb, Manihot esculenta
  • Sago, from the sago palm (not the cycad, the palm)
  • Arrowroot, from Maranta arundinacea
  • Potato starch
  • Pectin, from citrus peels and apple pomace
  • Konnyaku, from Amorphophallus konjac
  • Kudzu


So that's eight plant families*, plus animals and seaweed. That's a lot of random gelling stuff. I was only even looking at things that gel but have little flavor, too, so that you could then flavor it with something else. I assume there are other gelatinous textured things that are strongly flavored, but I didn't count those.

*Arecaceae, Poaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Marantaceae, Solanaceae, Rosaceae, Rutaceae, Araceae, Fabaceae

[identity profile] mdunnbass.livejournal.com 2007-12-11 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
heh... You said Amorphophallus...

Aside from [livejournal.com profile] salixmom, yours is the only other journal I've seen that actually knows the terms Solanaceae, Fabaceae, etc. It's fun to actually understand the world around you somewhat.

Matt

[identity profile] yuda.livejournal.com 2007-12-11 02:06 am (UTC)(link)
Isn't seaweed a plant?

[identity profile] tyopsqueene.livejournal.com 2007-12-11 09:40 am (UTC)(link)
And with all that, why, WHY do my favourite gummy sweets use animal products?
*sad vegetarian face*

[identity profile] pecosy.livejournal.com 2007-12-11 08:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Now I crave gummy peach rings!!

[identity profile] sisyrinchium.livejournal.com 2007-12-12 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, oh, can I play?!

Add fungi- Snow Fungus, unk. binomial. I just had a delic. Chinese dessert soup where the gel factor was from the fungus.

I'm guessing there's serious selective advantage in being able to produce appropriate sticky stuff to hold your bits together. With investigation, I bet you could add bacteria too.