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taro:

see arumarum,
common name for the Araceae, a plant family mainly composed of species of herbaceous terrestrial and epiphytic plants found in moist to wet habitats of the tropics and subtropics; some are native to temperate zones.
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Taro

 

(Colocasia esculenta), a tropical perennial plant of the family Araceae. The large tubers of taro, weighing up to 4 kg, are used as food, boiled or fried like potatoes; the young etiolated leaves are cooked like asparagus. Taro is one of the most ancient cultivated plants. It is grown mainly in the moist tropical and subtropical regions of the eastern hemisphere and is an especially popular food in Oceania. It can be cultivated on the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus.

taro

1. an aroid plant, Colocasia esculenta, cultivated in the tropics for its large edible rootstock
2. the rootstock of this plant
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Glucose tolerance property of methanol extract of Colocasia esculenta stems was determined as per the procedure previously described by Joy and Kuttan (1999) with minor modifications.
Antinociceptive activity of the methanol extract of Colocasia esculenta leaves was examined using previously described procedures (Shanmugasundaram and Venkataraman, 2005).
Colocasia esculenta is another non-conventional plant eaten by the people during times of food scarcity.
Table 2: Mineral nutrients content (mg/kg) on dry weight basis of selected leafy vegetables in Ghana ([double dagger]) Leafy vegetable Mineral nutrient (mg/kg) Ca Colocasia esculenta * 759.
For instance, Alternanthera sessilis, Amaranthus gangeticus, Colocasia esculenta, Chenopodium album, Lagenaria vulgaris, and Trapa bispinosa are often prescribed by the folk medicinal practitioners to provide necessary vitamins.
Remnant dry stonewall terrace features line many of the alluvial valley-bottoms of the island and are indicative of the former extent of Colocasia esculenta (Taro) pondfields (Figure 4b).
Ejoh AR, Mbiapo FT and E Fokou Nutrient composition of the leaves and flowers of Colocasia esculenta and the fruits of Solanum melongena.
Ejoh AR, Tchouanguep MF and E Fokou Nutrient composition of the leaves and flowers of Colocasia esculenta and the fruits of Solanum melongena.