Taro Plants

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Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, a root vegetable most commonly known as taro, or kalo in Hawaiian. It is the most widely cultivated species of several plants in the family Araceae which are used as vegetables for their corms, leaves, and petioles.

What is Taro in Thailand?
Taro is native to southeast Asia. It is a perennial, tropical plant primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, and as a leaf vegetable and is considered a staple in Asian cultures.  Pieces of boiled taro with coconut milk are one of the traditional Thai desserts.

What are taro balls made of?
The taro balls can be made by mixing mashed taro with water and sweet potato flour or potato flour, making the taro balls more springy or softer respectively. The color of mashed taro makes the dessert appear crystal purple or grey.

Are taro balls vegan?
Taro Balls & Sweet Potato Balls – The taro balls themselves are vegan (so long as you eat sugar), and the sauce they’re served in is often a brown-sugar based sauce.