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Authentic Thai Recipe Ingredient: Taro

Photo of Taro and How it is Used in Authentic Thai Recipes.

Taro

เผือก (Pheuak, Puak)
Taro is native to southeast Asia. It is a perennial, tropical plant primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, and as a leaf vegetable and is considered a staple in Asian cultures. It is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants.

In Thai cuisine taro is used in a variety of ways, depending on the region. Boiled taro is readily available in the market, already peeled and diced, in small cellophane bags and is eaten as a snack. Pieces of boiled taro with coconut milk are one of the traditional Thai desserts. Raw taro is also often sliced and deep fried and sold in bags as chips.

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