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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.



Author: Savvy Raj

Dance Educator, Writer, Artist, Designer, Wellness Mentor & Consultant

One thought on “Taro

  1. 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
    of Giving
    Beauty Back
    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

    Savvy Yes
    From HeART
    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..:)


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