Plant cultivated in the tropics for its large edible rootstock – 2017

Taro

plant cultivated in the tropics for its large edible rootstock

Taro commonly refers to the plant Colocasia esculenta, the most widely cultivated species of several plants in the Araceae family which are used as vegetables for their corms, leaves, and petioles.

Thus, this article describes the “dasheen” form of taro; another variety of taro is known as eddoe or Colocasia antiquorum. Other species of taro include giant taro (Alocasia macrorrhizos), swamp taro (Cyrtosperma merkusii), and arrowleaf elephant’s ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium).

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