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TARO

Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta
Description

Taro Leaf

Taro is a staple crops of the Pacific Islands and is also very popular throughout many parts of Asia. The delicious tuber can substitute potato in almost any dish, baked, boiled or made into chips. Its very ornamental heart-shaped leaves make a great spinach when cooked thoroughly. Note that Taro leaves contain a oxalic acid, which will cause irritation to the throat if the leaves are consumed without sufficient cooking.



T he plant prefers moist, deep soil and it grows well in both full shade and full sun.


While in the Pacific Islands ( the place of origin for the Taro) there are hundreds of different varieties, in commercial production in Australia we generally see two main cultivars, which to simplify the diversity have been separated into:


Be aware that the Taro looks quite similar to the Elephants Ear which is a common ornamental plant but is NOT edible.

Pacific Taro

Taro Pacific

A large tuber, sometimes reaching up to 3-4 kg. Taro a staple crops of the Pacific. The delicious tuber can substitute potato in almost any dish. Its heart-shaped leaves make for an attractive ornamental plant that grows well in both shade and sun. Prefers moist soil.
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$12.90 31 Rhizome Medium

Japanese Taro compliments of Geethas Kitchen

Taro Japanese

A staple crops throughout Asia and the Pacific. The delicious small tuber can substitute potato in almost any dish. Its heart-shaped leaves make for an attractive plant that grows well in shade and sun. Prefers moist soil.
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$14.90 15 Rhizome Small

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$14.90 8 Rhizome Medium

Plant Information or Specifications

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December,

 

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Taro

Taro grown in a large fishpond is relished by koi. Plant against pond side and cover with rocks, fish eat the emerging roots and it adds to the eco system.Float polystyrene foam boxes full of water loving edible plants in the pond. | Joyce Crouchley - Boya, WA 08-Aug-2007
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