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The Great Veggie Experiment: Taro Root!

Haven’t done a GVE in a while!  I actually got the Taro Root a couple weeks ago, but just used it last night.  Good thing it is a root veggie and will keep well.

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Taro root (also known as arrow root)  is used a lot in Oceanic cultures.  I also did not know that it is the basis of poi, eaten widely in Hawaii.   It has about 120 calories for 3.5 ounces (cooked) and 5 grams of fiber.   Good source of vitamin C, E, B, and manganese as well.

I decided to try making baked fries out of it since John was up for trying it, too!

Peeled and sliced (which was hard, like a sweet potato)

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Sliced raw taro root

Sliced raw taro root

I drizzled with olive and and salt and pepper, then roasted at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes.  That may have been a bit overlong, but the look good!

Taro Fries

Taro Fries

These fries were thick and chewy.  An interesting texture, not light and fluffy like regular potatoes.  They had a good flavor, mild and yummy dipped in ketchup!  I would definitely get these again.  I have a feeling that deep frying these would be awesome :D

Might be interesting to try cubed up in soups or stews.

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