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I just bought some Taro Root today as an alternative carbohydrate. Apparently it is supposed to be very good for

infants and people with digestive problems / allergies. Do any of you have experience with cooking Taro Root?

I'm not sure how long I should boil it to be sure the toxins are removed. How do you store the taro root? How long

does it keep?

Would love to hear from anyone that has experience with taro root. Any recipes?

Thanks,

Joyce

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Make sure you cook it! Here's a link on storage and some ideas.

http://www.essortment.com/all/taroroottubers_relt.htm

This is the stuff that POI is made from, that purple goop at luaus :D Seems you can make them like mashed potatoes and chips! Have fun and let us know how it turns out!

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Found this too:

Taro must be cooked in order for it to be edible. Taro contains calcium oxalate, a crystal like substance that has a similar effect on the mouth as would fiberglass. People that eat raw Taro root often end up in the hospital. Cooking taro destroys the crystals, and makes taro a enjoyable experience.

Taro Root can be eaten in a variety of ways. The most common are eating it just cooked and sliced with some kind of garnish, and Poi. Poi is a paste made by mashing cooked Taro, and mixing with water until it reaches the desired consistency.

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Found this too:

Taro must be cooked in order for it to be edible. Taro contains calcium oxalate, a crystal like substance that has a similar effect on the mouth as would fiberglass. People that eat raw Taro root often end up in the hospital. Cooking taro destroys the crystals, and makes taro a enjoyable experience.

Taro Root can be eaten in a variety of ways. The most common are eating it just cooked and sliced with some kind of garnish, and Poi. Poi is a paste made by mashing cooked Taro, and mixing with water until it reaches the desired consistency.

Anyway just wanted to say that I was very brave and

tried some of the Taro Root tonight. I just boiled it for about 45 minutes (had already cut it up like a potato). We peeled it first (kind of hard, my husband did it). We both loved it!!! It certainly has a delicious taste! Definitely tastes like nuts to me. I

have really been missing nuts as I don't seem to be able to eat them anymore.

Thanks for the link re storage and cooking. I have been reading quite a bit on the internet. Was just feeling a bit reluctant

to eat this strange food. Apparently it is supposed to be highly digestible and it is definitely very nutritious. Has more calories

than potato and more nutrition. Sure hope it agrees with me. I guess I'll know within a few hours.

Joyce

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