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