Taro, cocoyam, elephant ears, eddo, dasheen – Colocasia and Alocasia species

Taro, cocoyam, elephant ears, eddo, dasheen – Colocasia and Alocasia species

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Description:

All plants in these groups have large leaves, sometimes up to 1.8 meters tall, that grow from a very short stem. The rootstock is thick and fleshy and filled with starch.

Habitat and Distribution:

These plants grow in the humid tropics. Look for them in fields and near homesites and villages.

Edible Parts:

All parts of the plant are edible when boiled or roasted. When boiling, change the water once to get rid of any poison. CAUTION: If eaten raw, these plants will cause a serious inflammation of the mouth and throat.