There are many types of Taro. A common Taro plant is one called the Elephant Ear and is an ornamental plant.
I watched the video from Friendly Aquaponics on Taro and got interested. I found this guy on the web and ordered 3 Kai Kea plants from him.
Here is what his site says about them:
“Kai Kea, is my best all around Taro variety, it will grow well wet land, [in water] or dry land, [like Corn] the corm is moist and very nice in flavor, when baked, it is also used to make Poi. The leaf has good flavor and is tender.” http://michaels4gardens.com/Taro.html
I would highly recommend you buy your Taro from him. His courtesy and support impressed me!
When they arrived FedEx, they were very hot and humid, with the stems about 4″ long leaves chopped off of course to fit into the tiny about 12″x6″x3″ box. There were four plants and one had a tiny plant (child) attached.I planted it and its “parent” in the AP system and the other 3 in soil buckets. They all are doing well.
Here are the buckets:
Here is what the same plant looks like the next day. Fast growers!
The Taro in the AP system did not fit the round 2″ net cups (net pots) that I’m using, and it kept falling over. I jammed Hydroton clay balls in beside it to hold it upright. Had give up on it until I looked at the roots.
If it survives the brown root slime that got my other plants, I’ll be surprised.
Taro grows a tuber called a corm. It is made into Poi.
“The taro or kalo as it was known to early Hawaiians achieved primacy in the islands as the most important of all crops and was produced in a large number of cultivated varieties. Humans have cultivated this edible corm for thousands of years and it can be found in most tropical and subtropical areas of the world”
Here are sites with Taro recipes: