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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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(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.

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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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"The two characteristics of taro cultivation, the excellent adaptability to the soil and weather conditions in the area and the expertise of the Sotira producers were important for the decision to approve the Sotira kolokassi as a PDO," Kouyialis added.
Kolokassi is produced in the Famagusta area, specifically in Sotira, Avgorou, Frenaros and Liopetri.
He and his family have repeatedly claimed to have made their fortunes selling cucumbers, green beans and kolokassi.
He had claimed to have made his fortune selling cucumbers, green beans and kolokassi from his fields in Sotira village in the Famagusta district.
Charalambous said the Sotira villager, who claimed to have made his money from selling cucumbers, green beans and kolokassi, had been on the Drug Squad's monitor for over five years.