Our Gardens Gift
Taro Or Arbi in Hindi
Every morning I try and spend some time in my terrace garden by myself, and I am often delighted by a gift or two from nature’s amazing abundance.
This morning I came across a refreshing sight of this plant growing right below our beautiful mango tree. I was compelled to use Google lens for more on this plant and found out it is Taro or what is commonly called Arbi in Hindi.
Here is a little bit more I read about this beautiful plant reaching out with a generous spread of leaves.
Taro is a starchy root vegetable that has a sweet, nutty flavor—a flavor and texture that seems a combination of chestnuts and potatoes. Taro can be steamed, boiled, fried, stir-fried, baked, and braised. It is often added to soups and stews where it absorbs fatty juices and serves as a nutty thickener.
It’s hard to describe taro flavor using other flavors. It is known to have a sweet taste with a hint of vanilla. People usually consume its edible corm and leaves. The corms, which have a light purple color due to phenolic pigments,are roasted, baked or boiled. The natural sugars give a sweet, nutty flavor. The starch is easily digestible, and since the grains are fine and small it is often used for baby food.
Young taro leaves and stems can be eaten after boiling twice to remove the acrid flavor. The leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C and contain more protein than the corms.
In its raw form, the plant is toxic due to the presence of calcium oxalate, and the presence of needle-shaped raphides in the plant cells. However, the toxin can be minimized and the tuber rendered palatable by cooking, or by steeping in cold water overnight (Source Wiki)
Interesting information on Taro.
Do you know more about Taro, do you have a taro plant in your garden? Would love to hear more.
September 29, 2022 at 10:28 am
SMiLes Dear Savvy Living in Florida A State That Means Flower State
And Living in the Same Home for Almost 29 Years And Planting All the
Way Through So Many Different Species of Plants And Trees Truly A Garden
Will be An Eden
This Way Although
We Don’t Have many
Edible Plants And the Closest
We Have in the Taro Family is Elephant
Ears A Tropical Plant With Big Heart Shaped
Leaves Repelling Water Similar to Taro Yes in that
Family Yet Not Edible And Poisonous Raw Like Taro too…
Wow i did Some Research on the Taro Plant to Eat too
Amazing How Much of a Staple it is in So Many Places
in the World Yet my Wife Hasn’t Ever Used it in a Dish
However i Do Believe i Remember Indian FRiEnDS
Sharing it as Part of Their Recipes And Perhaps
A Hawaiian FRiEnD too and it is Very Possible
That the Food the Pacific Islander People
Share at Our Church Has Included
Taro Too With SMiles anyway
All the Flowers in my
Garden Seem Like New
FRiEnDS Loyal From Old Who Bloom
Predictably in Different Months of the
Year it’s Sort of Like Your Poetry except
That is Almost Everyday Year ‘Round With SMiLEs
As It’s True the Poetry We Create Freely Giving
Sharing Caring And Healing is a Garden From
Human Soul That Truly FLoWeRS Blooming
YeaR Round With Dances and Songs
of SoULS With SMiLes Dear
SPiRiTinG SoUL Breath
As Taro is One of the Earliest
Cultivated Human Agricultural
Plants And True a First Human Tradition
in Communication Was All Dancing and
Singing Oral Tradition A Natural Melody of Poetry
Helping in Recovering Stories Over and
Over As Culture Overall Danced
And Sang Group Soul ThiS Way With SMiLes..:)