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Colocasia sp., Elephant Ear, Mafafa, Taro Root

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Colocasia gigantea (?)

Colocasia sp.

Elephant Ear, Mafafa, Taro Root
Family: Araceae
Origin: Polynesia and southeastern Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticRegular waterOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant

They are herbaceous perennial plants with a large rhizome on or just below the ground surface. The leaves are large to very large, which are shaped like a large ear or shield.

They are grown outside year-round in subtropical and tropical areas. In temperate regions, they are grown as ornamental plants, planted out for the summer and dug up and stored over winter.

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Colocasia fallax - seeds

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Dwarf Taro is a small species, growing only 1-2 feet...  more
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Colocasia Thailand Giant - Taro Root, Mafafa

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The biggest leaf on planet!
Taro is native to South India and Southeast Asia. It is primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, and as a leaf vegetable. It is a food staple in African, Oceanic and South Indian cultures and is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants. It is known by many local names and often referred to as "elephant ears" when grown as an ornamental plant.
The corms, which have a light purple color due to phenolic pigments, are roasted, baked or boiled, and the natural sugars give a sweet nutty flavor. The starch is easily digestible, and since the grains are fine and small it is often used for baby food. The leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C and contain more protein than the corms.

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