Big Taro Root
Inventory, 10 lbs : 3.27
This item was last sold on : 04/17/15
Big taro root is available year-round.
Referred to as the potato of the humid tropics, taro is a perennial tropical plant grown for its swollen rootstock and for its leafy vegetation. The plant rarely flowers or seeds and relies on the roots for vegetative propagation. Simply replanting a portion of the rootstock creates a whole new plant.
Depending on the variety, Taro root has the resemblance of sweet potato in shape and the texture of a coconut - its skin course, hairy and knobby with shades of the earth. Its flesh can be stark white or lavender in color. It has a texture similar to a water chestnut. Its flavor is mild and slightly nutty.
A staple of Hawaiian cuisine, taro's starchy corm, or underground stem, is eaten principally as poi, prepared by mashing the cooked corm. Its steamed leaves (lu‘au) and flowers (pua) can be eaten alone, but are generally used in dishes with meats, fish, coconut milk, and other vegetables. It is often made into desserts such as bua loi.
In Hawaii, Taro (kalo) is a vital part of the cultural and agricultural traditions. Prior to western contact, when the population of Hawaii consisted exclusively of Hawaiians, Taro was the major food staple. There were more than 300 recognized forms. Today, although taro shares its role as a staple with rice, potatoes, pasta, and bread, it remains an important crop to Hawaii. It is eaten principally as poi, prepared by mashing the cooked root. It is also grown for table taro and lu'au (leaf production).
Taro is native to southeast Asia and is one of the very first known cultivated vegetables. Taro is cultivated in swampy soils and flooded parcels along with rice and other semi-aquatic crops. It is also cutivated in upland conditions where it relies on rainfall and irrigation. It is widely cultivated today in tropical Africa, China and the Far East. Taro has a global culinary presence though. Over 10% of the world's population uses it as food staple. It is used in cuisines in over forty countries throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, South America, the Caribbean and Pacific islands.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Bistro West||Carlsbad CA||760-431-9195|
|The Joint||San Diego CA||619-222-8272|
|The Shores||La Jolla CA||858-459-8271|
|Neighbor's||San Diego CA||619-295-3173|
|Paradise Point Resort Tidal||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Searsucker Del Mar||San Diego CA||858-369-5700|
|Friends of Specialty Produce||San Diego CA||619-295-3173|
|Blue Ocean||Carlsbad CA||415-305-0399|
|JRDN Restaurant||San Diego CA||858-270-5736|
|Hilton San Diego Bay Front||San Diego CA||619-276-4010|
|Solterra Winery +Kitchen||Encinitas CA||760-230-2970|
|Del Mar Rendezvous||Del Mar CA||858-755-2669|
|Sorority Cuisine - Achio||San Diego CA||310-402-6195|
|Roy's San Diego||San Diego CA||619-239-7697|
|Sushi Lounge on Market||San Diego CA||888-811-6436|
|Monello||San Diego CA||619-501-0030|
|Industry||San Diego CA||619-719-6924|
|US Grant Hotel Main||San Diego CA||619-232-3121|
|Searsucker Downtown||San Diego CA||619-233-7327|
|Jake's Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-755-2002|
|Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13||Cardiff CA||760-456-9343|
|Art Institute of San Diego||San Diego CA||858-598-1200|
|Rancho Valencia||Del Mar CA||858-756-1123|
|Belmont Park Cannonball||San Diego CA||858-228-9283|
|Full Moon||San Diego CA||619-233-3711|
|Union Kitchen & Tap||Encinitas CA||760-230-2337|
|J six||San Diego CA||619-531-8744|
|ARHE Cuisine Corporation||San Diego CA||619-564-8970|
|Zel's Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-755-0076|
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|The Craftsman New American Tavern||Encinitas CA||760-415-2380|
|Kensington Cafe||San Diego CA||619-640-0494|
|Fishery||San Diego CA||858-272-9985|
|Belmont Park Entertainment||San Diego CA||858-228-9283|
|Roy's La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-455-1616|
Recipes that include Big Taro Root. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Sailu's Kitchen||Chamadumpala Pulusu Arbi (Taro Root) Curry|
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Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market - LynnwoodNear Alderwood Manor, Washington, United States
2800 196th St SW, Lynnwood 98036
About 40 days ago, 3/08/15
Spotter's comments : Big Taro Root spotted at Whole Foods Market. Delicious in a broth or hot pot. $2.99/lb now at Whole Foods!
Reliance Mart Tolichowki Near Hyderabad, Telangana, India
About 41 days ago, 3/08/15
Minh Canh Near A, Louisiana, United States
About 102 days ago, 1/05/15
Wegman's Near Ashburn, Virginia, United States
About 159 days ago, 11/10/14
L'ami du bistro Near Dorado, Dorado, Puerto Rico
About 415 days ago, 2/26/14
Mana Deli Bistro Near Dorado, Dorado, Puerto Rico
About 482 days ago, 12/21/13
Spotter's comments : best place in Dorado Puerto Rico
Farmer's Market Near La Verkin, Utah, United States
About 490 days ago, 12/13/13
Spotter's comments : Big Taro Root spotted at Farmer's Market.
Uwajimaya Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 516 days ago, 11/17/13
Spotter's comments : Big Taro Root spotted at Uwajimaya. Amazing! I just need to figure out how to use it ;)
choices market kelowna Near Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
About 534 days ago, 10/31/13
World Foods Supermarket Near Lemon Grove, California, United States
About 543 days ago, 10/22/13
Spotter's comments : Big Taro Root spotted at World Foods Supermarket.
Pangas Beach Club Near Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
About 701 days ago, 5/16/13