Also known as:
Taro, Dasheen, Kalo
Botanically speaking, the taro "root" is really a corm, a thickened, underground stem of certain plants, resembling bulbs. The smaller taro, or eddo, is popular in Caribbean and West African cooking, but wearing gloves when peeling is a necessity as it can irritate the skin. Cultivated varieties are usually the size very large potatoes, roughly top-shaped, and circled all over the surface with rough ridges. There are many lumps and spindly projecting roots. The skin is brown; but inside the flesh may be white, pink, or purple. Taro root is however very similar to, a potato.
Commonly used in:
Snacks, side dish, fried, pastes etc.
Among other things, colocassia is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is also very high in starch, and source of dietary fiber.