Taro – Purple Potatoes

I came across a vegetable in the supermarket the other day that I’ve not seen since China.

I always referred to it as a taro, but it seems it has several varieties, and this one was an eddoe.

Wikipedia refers to the flavour as:

…an acrid taste that requires careful cooking…

It’s a lot like a potatoe, but when cooked it goes crumbly and purple, and tastes kind of like… ice cream. Hard to describe really. In China it’s very popular, both fried as a main course, and as a dessert.

Cutting the skin releases some slightly toxic chemicals so you have to be careful! Cooking removes the toxins and you’re left with an unusual food.

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