Taro: The Root of Good Health

Taro root is a starchy vegetable primarily known for its edible corm—a bulbous underground stem. While not as popular as potatoes in Western countries, taro is a staple in many tropical regions of the world. In this article, part of NutriVeda.eu’s encyclopedia of foods, we’ll delve into taro’s characteristics, health benefits, and nutritional profile.


  • Type: Root Vegetable
  • Origin: Southeast Asia and India, now cultivated worldwide
  • Color: Light brown skin with a white or lavender flesh
  • Shape: Globular with an elongated shape
  • Taste: Mild, slightly sweet, and nutty
  • Texture: Creamy when cooked
  • Storage: Store in a cool, dry place and consume within a week
  • Cooking Methods: Boiled, steamed, fried, roasted

Health Benefits

1. High in Fiber

Taro is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut.

2. Rich in Nutrients

It is a rich source of essential nutrients like vitamins C and E, potassium, and magnesium.

3. Antioxidant Properties

Taro contains antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body.

4. Supports Heart Health

The fiber, potassium, and low sodium content in taro help maintain a healthy heart.

5. Boosts Immunity

Vitamin C in taro helps boost the immune system, helping to fight off infections.

6. Promotes Healthy Vision

Taro is a good source of Vitamin E and other antioxidants beneficial for eye health.

Nutritional Table (Per 100g Serving)

Nutrient Amount % Daily Value
Calories 112 6%
Protein 1.5g 3%
Total Fat 0.2g <1%
Carbohydrates 26.4g 9%
Fiber 4.1g 16%
Sugars 0.4g <1%
Calcium 43mg 4%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Magnesium 33mg 8%
Phosphorus 84mg 8%
Potassium 591mg 17%
Sodium 11mg <1%
Zinc 0.2mg 1%
Vitamin A 76 IU 2%
Vitamin C 4.5mg 8%
Vitamin E 2.9mg 19%
Folate 22µg 6%

Taro is more than just an exotic root; it’s a nutritional powerhouse that offers various health benefits. Its versatility in cooking—ranging from stews to chips—makes it an excellent choice for those looking to diversify their diet while packing in essential nutrients.

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