Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wild Edible Taro Plant

The widely distributed Colocasia genus' most commercially famous member is the Taro plant. It's extremely easy to find in the wild.  The 'corms', the bulky stalk above the tuberous roots, are higher in calories than potatoes: 100 grams of corm has over 110 calories.

Therefore, as the average adult can easily get by on 1,500 - 2,000 calories per day, especially in a survival situation, this could prove to be an invaluable source of energy. This is also a slow-burning complex carbohydrate, so the energy will sustain.

The entire plant is edible and the different parts provide different necessary nutrients. The corms and tubers are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The tubers are a good source of Potassium as well.

The leaves contain good amounts of the B vitamin complex and 100 grams of cooked leaves provide over 100% of the RDA for vitamin A. Good levels of the antioxidant Beta Carotene are also present.

wild edible Taro plant
Wild Taro... easy to find, easy to pull up, and packed with energy

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