Types Of Hosta Plants: How Many Types Of Hosta Are There?
There are various kinds of hostas. Some have flowers, some don’t. Some are small, some are big. They all taste good when cooked or eaten raw. However, they differ in their nutritional value and flavor. Here we will discuss the different types of hostas and which one is best suited for your needs!
The following table shows the number of varieties of hostas available in the market today.
Type Number of Varieties Common Hosta 1-2 Small, round flowers, sweet flavor. 4-5 Medium sized flowers, slightly bitter flavor.
6-7 Large, round flowers, very sweet flavor. 8-9 Very large, round flowers, extremely sweet flavor. 16-17
This is the most common variety. It has small, round flowers of white or lavender color.
They have a sweet flavor and are usually steamed or boiled. They are the most nutritious of all the types of hostas. It originates from South America and can be found in abundance there.
Small, Round, White/Lavender Flowers
Mid-sized, Round, White/Lavender Flowers
These are the most common type of flowers. They produce a sweet flavor and are usually boiled or fried.
They have a bulbous base and grow to a maximum size of 20cm. Due to their bland flavor they are not recommended for consumption. They contain small amounts of mucus-forming glycosides and are best avoided. They originate in South America but can also be found in abundance in the temperate rainforests of Chile.
Mid-sized, Round, White/Lavender Flowers
These are medium sized flowers that have a sweet flavor. They are usually boiled or deep-fried.
They have a slightly bitter after-taste and originates from South America.
Medium sized flowers, sweet flavor, slightly bitter after-taste
These are the largest hostas and have extremely sweet flavor. They can be found in abundance in the temperate rainforests of Chile.
They are usually boiled or deep fried. It is rumored that these hostas contain psychoactive substances. These rumors are not entirely unfounded but the hostas in question are so rare that the benefits do not outweigh the costs.
Very large, round flowers, extremely sweet flavor
This type of hosta is rarely found in nature and only the largest gardens have them. They are extremely rare and are considered a delicacy.
They have a very sweet taste with almost no after-taste. It is said that the Inca Emperors enjoyed these flowers as dessert after their meals. They can grow to more than 30 cm in diameter and are usually boiled or deep fried.
Very large, round flowers, extremely sweet flavor
Which One Is Best For You?
So, now you know everything you need to about hostas. It’s up to you decide which type is right for you. What is important is that you make the right decision and for that you will need to consider various factors such as: climate, price, availability and of course your personal preferences. Be sure to give it plenty of thought before settling on a certain type.
Remember, the decision you make will be very important for the rest of your life.
Well, imagine that you chose the sweet flavor variety but you couldn’t afford to buy new flowers every week. You would soon become sick of the taste and wish that you had chosen a different type. This could even lead to you abandoning your diet completely because you just couldn’t stick with it!
You’ve made a wise decision in buying this guide as it will help you avoid making a poor choice. Use the information wisely and remember that it is just a guide.
You might still not agree with my advice but then again you might find that my advice was just what you needed in order to make a wise choice!
Remember also that you can always return here for a second opinion if you need to. I will be here for you.
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