Taro is the name of a tropical plant and its edible underground stems. The plant is native to tropical Asia. It has large, heart-shaped leaves and grows to 7 feet (2.1 meters) in height. The fleshy underground stems. called corms, are usually prepared and eaten like potatoes.
Taro is grown extensively in the Far East and the Pacific islands, including Hawaii. In Hawaii, taro is made into a paste known as poi, which is often allowed to ferment before being eaten. The most popular variety of taro grown for food is dasheen. Virtually all of the taro grown in the United States is of this variety, which differs from most others in that the corms do not have a sharp, bitter taste. Taro leaves are also eaten, but they must be properly cooked to destroy their bitter taste.
Taro is Colocasia esculenta of the family Araceae.Taro is a tropical plant grown for its edible starchy stems.