Taro

Scientific Name: 
Colocasia esculenta
Family Name: 
Araceae
Place of Origin: 
Pacific and Japan
Plant Description: 
Also known as cocoyam, Taro has green arrow or heart shaped leaves which are large and glossy. It is often called Elephant Ears. The plants tubers are eaten as a vegetable and the plant produces best in soggy soil conditions.
Plant Height: 
1m
Plant Use: 
Edible
Danger
Harvest Period: 
All year round
Of Interest: 
Leaves and corms are inedible when raw and considered toxic. The toxin is minimised by cooking especially with a pinch of baking soda. You can cook Taro a bit like potato...roast, bake or boil.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Vegetable
Climate: 
Tropical
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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