South-east Asian (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malay, Indo, etc) Diet

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I'm in Indo, and a staple for us is talas (Colocasia esculenta). It grows beside every paddy field (check for herbicide/pesticide use first) and the torts go nuts for it.
 

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hello there I lived in Indonesia, I had tried mustard green, Katuk, and bok choy. my baby sulcata didn't want to eat. I don't know why my tortoise loves eating kangkong so much. I made a trick when feeding by hand, making kangkong(ipomoea reptans) sandwich with katuk or grass/weeds
My Russian loves kangkong as well but she’s not a grass eater so I don’t have to worry about it much. :)

Mixing the other foods in is the smart way to go. Once he gets used to the taste of the new things you can increase the amount and slowly cut down on the kangkong.
 

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I'm in Indo, and a staple for us is talas (Colocasia esculenta). It grows beside every paddy field (check for herbicide/pesticide use first) and the torts go nuts for it.
What kind of tortoises do you have?
 

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What kind of tortoises do you have?
Manouria Emys Emys :)

I have tried kangkung repeatedly to no avail. I'm going off it myself as it's all stalk once cooked, maybe theyre jumping on the bandwagon.
 

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Manouria Emys Emys :)

I have tried kangkung repeatedly to no avail. I'm going off it myself as it's all stalk once cooked, maybe theyre jumping on the bandwagon.
I see. From my limited understanding taro is a staple for for manouria so I suppose it’s not the worst thing if they don’t like the kangkung. It’s pretty good stir fried in my opinion but I’m sure not everyone feels the same. :)
 

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I see. From my limited understanding taro is a staple for for manouria so I suppose it’s not the worst thing if they don’t like the kangkung. It’s pretty good stir fried in my opinion but I’m sure not everyone feels the same. :)
Here it's available everywhere and I was a big fan. Then I reacted positively to genjer and my partner has been cooking that for me all the time, with kangkung falling to the wayside. It is all leaf and no stalk, so kangkung feels like a lot of work by comparison.

Incidentally Genjer (Limnocharis flava) and the similar Common water hyacinth (Eceng gondok) are both safe to feed and grow rampantly in SEA, so should perhaps be on this list. They are non native and highly invasive though, so should only be taken from clean, responsible sources.
 

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Incidentally Genjer (Limnocharis flava) and the similar Common water hyacinth (Eceng gondok) are both safe to feed and grow rampantly in SEA, so should perhaps be on this list. They are non native and highly invasive though, so should only be taken from clean, responsible sources.
That’s great, thank you.

I don’t have access to edit this post to make an all inclusive list at the top so now that you have provided these two here they are as “official” as they can be. :)

They will end up as searchable terms so people should be able to find them even if they don’t know about this specific post. We have other posts about water hyacinth but yours is the first on genger!
 
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