7:50 PM Ever seen a fizzy brown little root in an Asian supermarket? It's ugly, yes, and we might not give it the attention it needs, but you might remember seeing this buddy. Ignoring it. That's what I did. 

Until I had some Chinese candy from a friend. Kind of like a Chinese rice krispy treat and instead of the marshmallow, one finds a creamy taro filling. I didn't know what I was eating, but I loved it. 

I enjoyed many products which included taro and then I finally got to know the product. Yeah, taro it is... okay. 
I still didn't care much about it. 

Until I was in NYC again and I tried the best pastry with taro fillings - I need to study that weird thing and I want to prepare it at home as well!

The result? I am addicted to taro right now and I shop it as much as I can. If I feel sweet, then I will surely create a dessert, but I also fantasize about simple dishes which are actually potato based - because taro kind of is a potato.

Okay, let's talk about taro a bit further. 
Taro is actually believed to be native to Southeast Asia and southern India, but it is cultivated and used in many places all around the world. It is a staple food in African, Indian, and Oceanic cuisines, but it can be found everywhere. 
The leaves, roots, and corms can be used as dietary ingredients, but the plant must be cooked. It is actually toxic in raw form, due to the high content of oxalates, but those dangerous substances can be eliminated when cooked with some baking soda or if steeped overnight. 

Taro root contains a wealth of organic compounds, minerals, and vitamins that can benefit our overall health in a number of ways. It has a very significant amount of dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as high levels of vitamin A, C, E, vitamin B6, and folate. There is magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and copper in it. 

Taro improves heart health, vision health, and it's absolutely helping having healthier skin. With its high level of vitamin C, it is a great supporter of the immune system and it reduces fatigue. 
Taro roots can prove to be very beneficial for the ones who want to lose weight, since this has very a low caloric content. One cup of cooked taro can give you 187 calories. 
The root contains a good amount of fiber that is useful for the digestive process. This gives you a feeling of being full for a longer time even after a small meal. 
Foods that contains high amount of fiber are also known to boost the digestive process. This helps to eliminate the wastes from the body and prevent re-occurrence.

A lot of info again. Sorry, but you get it, right? 

Taro is a superhero and a sexy one if you ask me. 

Now some of you might ask themselves what kind of dishes one can create with this root... you know me - I'll show you a lot very soon! Try mashed taro or chips... there's a lot to discover! 

Until then, hit your Asian grocery store and cover yourself with some lovely taros! 

Have you tried taro root yet?