TARO



Taro root contains many antioxidants like beta-carotene & cryptoxanthin, as well as minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese & copper.

The leaves of the taro plant are packed with vitamins, including vitamin A, B1(thiamin), B2 & vitamin C. The leaves also contain useful amounts of calcium & iron.

The health benefits of Taro Root include its ability to improve digestive health, prevent cancer, improve vision health, blood pressure & heart health,stimulate circulation & prevent bone loss.

Taro roots are extremely beneficial for overcoming rheumatoid arthritis because low levels of vitamin B6 are related with increased signs of rheumatoid arthritis, like more severe pain.

Taro is used to treat cysts, fibromas (benign tumors) & lymphatic swelling.
Taro compress packs can reduce any kind  of inflammation.
Taro can be used to treat strains, sprains & edema.
It facilitates the healing process in cases of injuries such as broken bones, joint sprains & strains or arthritic joint pains.
Applying a taro pack behind the ear can relieve ear problems.

Leaf juice is styptic, stimulant & rubefacient & is useful in internal haemorrhages, otalgia, adenitis & buboes, the juice of the corm is laxative, demulcent & anodyne.
Juice of the petioles is styptic & may be used to stop arterial haemorrhage.
It is occasionally used in treating earache & otorrhea & also as an external stimulant & rubefacient.

Stems are occasionally used medicinally, particularly in the treatment of snakebites.
Heated tubers are locally applied to painful body parts.
Taro corm juices are extensively used for traditional treatment of body ache & baldness.
It is used to treat diabetes mellitus by the rural community of Dhemaji district of Assam, Northeast India.
It is used in traditional medicine to treat arterial hypertension, liver problems, ulcers, snakebites & rheumatism in Asia & Africa.
Rasping from the corm is applied as a poultice to maturate boils & to treat snakebites & rheumatism in Gabon.
Boiled young leaves are consumed to treat arterial hypertension & liver affections & the juice is applied externally to treat eczema in Mauritius.
Corms are used to treat boils & ulcers in Madagascar.


PRECAUTIONS:

Never attempt to eat uncooked taro roots & leaves. This plant contains needle-like calcium oxalate crystals, which can lead to extreme irritation in your throat & mouth, resulting in a burning & stinging sensation.

Consuming taro can result in kidney stones as well as gout along with other health conditions if it’s not prepared properly by boiling for the suggested period of time.
It may also be steeped in water over night just before cooking to help decrease the quantity of oxalates. To absolutely reduce risk, milk or any other calcium rich foods ought to be consumed along with taro so as to block oxalate absorption.

RECIPES:

Taro stems can be blanched prior to preparation, though it is not necessary & they can be cooked along with the other items in a dish.
The stems are often simply prepared with garlic, ginger & onions & topped with a little vinegar, for a sour element.
Often mango or tamarind fruits are added to the dish.
The leaf stalks are used in Cambodian & Vietnamese soups, or simmered in coconut milk in the Philippines.
A popular dish from the Ilocos region in the Philippines is called Dinengdeng or inabraw & includes Taro stems, string beans, bitter gourd, garlic & fish sauce & is often served with a milk or other white fish.
Taro stems can be served alone or with other vegetables in a sauté.
Fresh Taro stems can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Taro root & leaves are usually boiled, roasted, cooked in soups or added to meat dishes.

Taro has a sweet, mild, nutty & earthy taste.
It can be sliced thin & baked at 200C for 20 minutes, for delicious & healthy chips. 
It can also be cut up into cubes for cooking in curry as you would with potatoes.

Taro Root Plaster Bandage To Treat Joint & Arthritis Pains & Earaches:

A taro root plaster can be a very effective natural way to relieve pain.
You need to apply a taro plaster to the affected area & leave in place for up to 2 hours or until the pain subsides.

Taro Root & Ginger Plaster to Eliminate Cysts & Fibromas:

0,5 small ginger
1 taro root
After peeling a taro root, grate the white interior & mix with grated fresh ginger.
Spread this mixture in a 1 cm layer directly on the skin on the cyst, cover with a cotton gauze & keep in place with a wrap for 4 hours.
Repeat the treatment every day for 2 weeks & after that every other day in the 6 following weeks.

If you feel your skin burning, it is possible to reduce the quantity of ginger or apply the taro side directly to the skin so the ginger does not have so much direct contact with the skin.
Ginger in the compress is a great way to help stimulate blood & body fluid circulation, loosen & dissolve stagnated toxic matter, cysts, mastitis, etc.

Taro & White Bean Curry:

2 cups taro roots, peeled & diced
1 cup white beans, soaked & boiled
1 cup fresh/frozen coconut
5-10 black peppercorns
2 sprigs fresh curry leaves
salt to taste
Soak the white beans in hot water for a couple of hours.
Boil in salted water until soft.
Wash & peel the taro & cut it into cubes. Wash it in running water until most of the slime is gone. Place it in a big pot of salted water, bring to a boil, drain & keep aside.
Grind coconut & black pepper into a smooth paste, adding water if required.
Combine all the ingredients in a pot & bring it to a boil.
Add salt & curry leaves & let it simmer for 2 minutes till the curry leaves infuses its aroma into the curry.
Serve hot over rice.

Oven Baked Taro Chips:

1 taro root
vegetable oil spray
salt
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Using a peeler, remove the rough outer surface of the taro root.
Slice the taro into very thin & even slices.
Spray both sides of each slice with an oil mister.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the chips turn golden brown.
Let cool.

Chicken & Taro Stew:

60 ml olive oil
6 chicken drumsticks, skinless
2 cups chopped celery
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp salt
750 g taro, peeled, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium–high heat.
Brown the chicken drumsticks for 4 minutes, then transfer to a plate.
Add the celery, tomato paste, 250 ml water & salt to the pan & stir to combine.
Return chicken to pan, cover & simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the taro & lemon juice to pan. Shake the pan, don’t stir, to settle taro.
Add 750 ml water, shake the pan again, then simmer, covered, for 40 minutes or until taro is tender & chicken is cooked through.
Serve with black olives, feta & green salad.


BEAUTY:

Taro corm juices are extensively used for traditional treatment of baldness.

MAGIC:

Hawaiian legend holds that taro is the sacred ancestor of all Hawaiian people.
The staple root crop is so valued that it’s known affectionately as the ''staff of life''.

In the Hawaiian tradition, when a poi `umeke (bowl) is placed on the dinner table, it is considered that the spirit of Haloa-naka ,the elder brother of mankind, is present. At that time, all family members that are gathered around the poi bowl are to end any conflict between each other immediately. The presence of taro always helped families find each other & helped bound them together.