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  Woo Tau, Taro Root
From: Gabe Thomas <cdanielle at prodigy.net> on 1998.03.12 at 22:32:12(1950)
I found what was labled as Taro Root Woo Tau at a grocery store. It came
from lucky produce Portland OR. Does anyone know what this is? I'm
hoping it's not Colocasia esculenta 'Elephant Ear' because if so I paid
too much for it. Unlike Home Depot, it was priced by the pound and I
picked out the biggest one. The lady at the checkout was curious what it
was used for, I told her I wasn't going to eat it I was going to plant
it. If I find out that it is the common elephant ear I just may try
eating it, as I don't need more. So what's the verdict plant or taro
chips? Anyone have any suggestions?

Gabe Thomas

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From: Deansliger <Deansliger at aol.com> on 1998.03.14 at 09:19:48(1957)
Gabe --

It may be Alocasia cucullata, the "Chinese Taro."

Dean Sliger

From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.03.14 at 18:31:38(1958)
I believe it will be Colocasia e. esculenta, or dasheen, a variety of taro.
The original letter mentioned different sized tubers, and since trhose of
eddoes generally are of simular and more or less uniform sizes (all under 3"
x 5".), and Alocasia does not, as far as I understand form a tuber (the stem
is the edible part) I guess that they are dasheen (up to 6"x 10"), which I
have not heard called Woo Tau, though the part of the name, "tau" suggests
taro.
I`d peel then boil it in salted water, then mash with a little butter, milk
and cheese, and enjoy!
Julius
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