What is Taro?
Let’s Get Acquainted With This Special Root Vegetable
As you navigate through the supermarket’s vegetable aisle, you have probably run into potato’s hairy and funny-looking cousin, the taro root. Or perhaps it caught your attention as you skipped through Taro’s ever-growing popularity regarding its taste and nutritional value has turned a lot of heads lately. But, what is taro? How can this mystery superfood benefit you? Why should it be part of your dietary pattern? Read along, and you shall find out.
What is Taro?
If you are on the lookout for a tasty way to broaden your starch horizons, then look no further. This purple-tinged root vegetable comes from the taro plant which consists of three parts, the thick tuber stalk (taro root), the corm and the green leaves, also known as elephant ears (clever, huh?). However, taro root is the popular part of this vegetable. Native to India as well as Southeast Asia, the taro plant is a century-long staple in local cuisines as well as Hawaii, Africa, the Polynesian islands and the Carribean.
Taro’s Nutritional Value (Health Benefits)
However, taro’s eye-catching color is not the only thing that should draw your attention. This root vegetable is rich in various nutrients that can benefit you in all sorts of ways. First off, taro is a rich source of fiber and, thus, you feel full for longer. Despite the fact that it contains more calories than regular potatoes do, the tuberous vegetable has a low Glycemic Index (GI). That means that your blood sugar levels are not likely to spike after eating it (perfect for diabetics). You should also keep in mind that taro is loaded with nutrients such as potassium, iron, and Vitamins.
Culinary Use of Taro (Plus Cooking Tips)
The ways in which you can incorporate taro in your dietary routine are countless. Taro can be found in Hawaiian poi, bubble tea, many sweet and tasty delicacies from around the world. This proves that taro is a multi-use cooking ingredient with lots of potentials.
If someone were to describe taro’s taste, that would resemble a regular potato. The only difference between these two is that taro comes with a richer and nuttier taste. Like potatoes, you can boil, mash, fry, roast or bake taro roots.
Despite its abundance in nutrients, make sure not to consume the taro root raw. Its high content in oxalate content makes the root toxic for consumption. It’s also safer to peel the root while using gloves since its fuzzy exterior may irritate your skin.
Taro Bubble Tea
Taro bubble tea is without a doubt the most popular way of introducing this purple vegetable into your eating routine. The main ingredient of this frothy beverage is taro root powder which is used to flavor various desserts such as taro pudding and cheesecake.
Despite its massive nutritional punch, taro is often unappreciated. The starchy, purple-tinged root, however, is packed with a galore of health benefits that you should not overlook. From its potato-like taste to its culinary versatility, taro can revolutionise your cooking. So, let’s get tucked into delicious world of taro!