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.
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.
- 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
- The taro plant is about one metre tall and has heart shaped leaves
- Taro requires warm temperatures to grow
- Taro is not yet grown commercially in New Zealand
Taro is a source of dietary fibre, folate, potassium, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and E and zinc.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.