Saturday, June 29, 2013

Taro Plant

Have you ever eaten a taro vegetable?  Taro is a common name for corms and tubers.  This is native to South India and Southeast Asia, including my country Philippines.  I grow up  eating this type of vegetable.  You can cook both the roots, the stem , and the leaves.  We used to cook this with  coconut milk and it's  delicious!

A friend of mine gave me some roots to plant so I am trying to grow it in pots.  I tried putting it in my garden but the moles keep eating the roots so I dug it out and transferred it to the pots.  I hope that it will grow  thick so I can dry the leaves and  preserve it so I can cook them when I  I am craving for it.

Some  calls this an elephant ears, that's what I  I heard when I first seen it in the store here being sold as an ornamental plant.  I was like, "Oh my, that is vegetable for us and over here, it;s ornamental".  I love it's starchy corm.  I believe it is a staple food in Africa, South Indian cultures, and some parts of Asia.

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MikiHope said...

I have never tried eating Taro--I have seen it in stores on occasion and even though I tend not to like starchy foods I really think I should give this a try at least once in my life!

Hobbies on a Budget said...

I've always called this elephant ears too. I had no clue people ate this. Amazing what I can learn!

Melinda Dunne said...

I have honestly never heard of Taro before. It sounds like something that I should try though. How do you cook it?

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of it before. I will have to hunt to see if I can find seeds or at least locate it at a store to try.

Corinne Schmitt said...

Haha! It does look like elephant ears! I wonder if it has the same health benefits of other dark, leafy vegetables even though it is so starchy?

jheylo said...

We call this plant in my language as "gabi" :D we play with it, drop some water but the water would just slide onto it.

April M. said...

oh that would be perfect for bicol express. I miss those.:)

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