Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wild edible plants: Taro nutritional facts

Taro is fairly common in the wild. If not taro, the colocasia family is readily available. The root or corm is the standard part that you eat, though the stems and leaves are also edible. The stems and leaves must be cooked to dissolve the raphides (sharp calcium oxalate crystals). Once dissolved, they are a form of usable calcium.

The root is a very good source of carbs. 100 grams of root contains about 26 grams of carbohydrate. This is about 20% of your daily requirement, so a couple of roots could be equal to about half of your daily carb requirement, which is certainly enough to keep your energy level up and your brain functioning properly.
Taro is a decent source of B-complex vitamins.

Minerals include zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, and of potassium.
If you eat the leaves, which you should in a survival situation, you can add vitamin C (100 grams provide approximately 80% RDA), Phosphorus, Calcium, and trace amounts of Selenium and other minerals.

In sum, finding a patch of Taro in the wild would go a long way towards enjoying your involuntary camping trip.

wild edible taro root
Taro corm

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