A healthy carbohydrate source you've probably never heard of: Taro

22 May 2023

Taro is a versatile root vegetable used as a food source for centuries in various parts of the world. It is one of the oldest crops in the world. It is commonly found in the kitchens of Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific islands. Taro is known for its rich nutritional value and unique flavor profile.

Taro, also known as Colocasia esculenta, is a tuber that grows in marshy areas and wet soil. It has rough, brown skin and white flesh with purple spots. It is often cooked and consumed as a vegetable but can also be processed into flour for bread and pastries.

The texture of taro and its ability to be used in bread and pastries make it a perfect fit (in moderation) for the AIP diet. The AIP diet excludes grains and pseudo-grains such as barley, corn, rice, oats, and buckwheat. This makes taro an ideal carbohydrate replacement!

Taro is a versatile and nutritious root vegetable widely used in different cultures' cuisines. It can be boiled, baked, steamed, or fried and is often used in soups, stews, and side dishes. It has a slightly sweet taste and a soft texture when cooked.

(a little tip: taro juice is a fantastic 🤩 thickener)

  • In addition to its culinary applications, taro is known for its many health benefits. It is rich in vitamin B6, fiber, potassium, and manganese. Taro can help regulate blood pressure, improve digestion, and support heart health.

While taro root can be delicious and has many health benefits, it is essential to note that raw taro contains toxic substances and is not safe to eat raw. It is recommended to always thoroughly cook taro before consuming it.

In the Caribbean, taro is often cooked in a stew with meat and vegetables, resulting in a tasty dish called "Callaloo." In the Pacific islands, taro is usually steamed and eaten with coconut milk and sugar as a dessert.

Taro can also be used as a substitute for potatoes in many recipes. It can be mashed into a puree and used as a base for stews and soups or fried and served as fries.

In today's world, more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of healthy eating, and taro is an excellent option for anyone looking for a nutritious and flavorful addition to their diet. Try it and discover why taro has been a cherished crop for centuries. Cooking with other AIP followers also ensures that you can more easily adhere to the diet. Read more about the relationship between AIP and social connections in this article.

If you want to see how taro wraps are made, check out the recipe: Taro's Wraps, or watch our video on Instagram or YouTube.

"Happiness lies in your health."