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Taro

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Availability

Taro is imported from the Pacific Islands and is available all year round.

 

Storage and Handling

Store in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place, do not refrigerate as this can change the flavour. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

The taro has helped provide good nutrition to Pacific Islands populations for hundreds of years and was brought to New Zealand by ancestors of Māori when they arrived here about 1250AD.

 

Facts

  • It is known by several names, taro, talo, dalo
  • Varieties of taro vary in colour and size
  • Taro is a starchy root crop and the leaves are also edible
  • Taro is not grown commercially in New Zealand; all supplies are imported from the Pacific Islands

 

Growing Facts

  • The taro plant is about 1metre tall and has heart shaped leaves
  • Taro requires warm temperatures to grow
  • Taro is not yet grown commercially in New Zealand

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 135g baked

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 691/165 512/122
Protein (g) 1.8 1.3
Fat, total (g) 1.8 1.3
- saturated (g) 1.5 1.1
Carbohydrate (g) 33.3 24.7
- sugars (g) 3.0 2.2
Dietary Fibre (g) 4.2 3.1
Sodium (mg) 0.0 0.0
Folate (µg) 74 55
Zinc (mg) 3.2 2.4
Vitamin E (mg) 2.2 1.6
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.28 0.21
Niacin (mg) 1.4 1.0
Vitamin C (mg) 4.2 3.1
Potassium (mg) 540 400
Iron (mg) 0.81 0.6
Thiamin (mg) trace trace

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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