Big Taro Root
Inventory, 10 lbs : 13.92
This item was last sold on : 08/19/14
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.
|Croces West||San Diego CA||619-233-4355|
|Searsucker||San Diego CA||619-233-7327|
|Counterpoint||San Diego CA||619-564-6722|
|Alchemy Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-255-0616|
|Urban Kitchen||San Diego CA||619-239-2222|
|Vista Valley||Vista CA||760-758-2800|
|US Grant Hotel Main||San Diego CA||619-232-3121|
|The Shores||La Jolla CA||858-459-8271|
|ARHE Cuisine Corporation||San Diego CA||619-508-0849|
|Analog||San Diego CA||619-233-1183|
|Bali Hai Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-222-1181|
|Monello||San Diego CA||619-501-0030|
|Paradise Point Resort Tidal||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Burlap||San Diego CA||858 369 5700|
|J six||San Diego CA||619-531-8744|
|Full Moon||San Diego CA||619-233-3711|
|Rancho Valencia||Del Mar CA||858-756-1123|
|Blue Ribbon Hillcrest Rustic Kitchen||San Diego CA||760-415-2380|
|Uptown Tavern||San Diego CA||619-847-4688|
|ComEns||Baja California CA||646-174-2910|
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|Fishery||San Diego CA||858-272-9985|
|Bernard'O Restaurant||San Diego CA||858-487-7171|
|Local Tap House & Kitchen||Oceanside CA||760-547-1469|
|Fish Public||San Diego CA||619-281-4014|
|Art Institute of San Diego||San Diego CA||858-598-1200|
|Sea & Smoke||Del Mar CA||858-925-8212|
|The Wild Thyme Company||San Diego CA||858-527-0226|
|The Joint||San Diego CA||619-222-8272|
|Blue Ocean||Carlsbad CA||415-305-0399|
|Bull Taco / Wrench and Rodent||Oceanside CA||760-840-1976|
|Zel's Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-755-0076|
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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Near Dorado, Dorado, Puerto Rico
About 175 days ago, 2/26/14
Mana Deli Bistro Near Dorado, Dorado, Puerto Rico
About 241 days ago, 12/21/13
Spotter's comments : best place in Dorado Puerto Rico
Farmer's Market Near La Verkin, Utah, United States
About 250 days ago, 12/13/13
Spotter's comments : Big Taro Root spotted at Farmer's Market.
Uwajimaya Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 276 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 293 days ago, 10/31/13
World Foods Supermarket Near Lemon Grove, California, United States
About 302 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 461 days ago, 5/16/13