Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
VEGE-TARO-1-5Regular price $22.00
Get that coastal Pacific vibe in your garden with Taro - it is perfect for underplanting beneath your favourite tropical trees or in boggy soil. Our Taro plants are the edible variety, so you will be able to enjoy its nutty, sweet-potato like flavour too! (Peel and cook before eating).
Urban Bounty Taro plants come in 2.5 litre pots.
What is Taro Colocasia Esculenta (Talo, Dasheen, Dalo, Ma)?
Taro originated in southeast Asia, but it has become a staple crop across the Pacific and Latin America too. A mid-height evergreen, Taro leaves are bold, tropical and heart-shaped. Pacific Taro varieties are fast growing and can reach up to 2 metres high. This plant looks extremely dramatic in a tropical or coastal Pacific garden and is perfect for underplanting tropical trees.
Culinary Uses for Taro (Talo, Dasheen, Dalo, Ma, Daga, Aba)
Not all Taro varieties (for example, Black Taro) are edible, but the Colocasia esculenta is. It is important to cook Taro thoroughly before eating, as it contains oxalate crystals that can burn your throat when eaten raw.
Taro has a sweet, nutty, earthy flavour similar to sweet potato. The leaves, roots and stalks are all good for cooking. In the Pacific, favourite dishes like Lap Lap (Vanuatu), Palusami (Samoa,) Faikakai (Tonga), Baseiei (Fiji) often use the stalks and leaves, and combine them with other delicious ingredients like coconut cream. In Latin America, the waxy, starchy corm or root is ground into Malanga Flour. It can also be boiled and mashed like potato. Alternatively, grate or slice, then fry, deep fry, grill or stew the corms. The young leaves can also be harvested as they unfurl and used as a spinach substitute in Caribbean dishes like Callaloo stew. In China, Taro is found in Taro cake, Taro boiled duck and Taro steamed pork ribs. Modern cooks have also invented a form of Taro Boba Tea - the possibilities are endless!
Growing Conditions - Taro (Talo, Dasheen, Dalo, Ma, Daga, Aba)
Edible Pacific Taro is a truly tropical plant that likes warm conditions. It thrives in dappled light or part shade and rich, moist soil (it prefers it to be mildly acidic). If growing for tubers or corms, you will need to plant your crop in a climate that has at least 200 frost-free days per year, or a greenhouse. Companion plant Taro with Ginger.
Taro doesn't cope well with wind (which can shred the large leaves), and is not frost hardy. This plant also needs lots of water. Be prepared to water regularly so the soil is constantly moist. While it can be grown in a large pot, extra attention is needed so the roots don't dry out. This plant will love regular doses or worm or bokashi tea, and potassium-rich plant food.