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Taro

Availability

Taro is imported from the Pacific Islands and is available all year round.

 

Storage and Handling

Store in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place, do not refrigerate as this can change the flavour. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

The taro has helped provide good nutrition to Pacific Islands populations for hundreds of years and was brought to New Zealand by ancestors of Māori when they arrived here about 1250AD.

 

Facts

  • It is known by several names, taro, talo, dalo
  • Varieties of taro vary in colour and size
  • Taro is a starchy root crop and the leaves are also edible
  • Taro is not grown commercially in New Zealand; all supplies are imported from the Pacific Islands

 

Growing Facts

  • The taro plant is about 1metre tall and has heart shaped leaves
  • Taro requires warm temperatures to grow
  • Taro is not yet grown commercially in New Zealand

Nutrition Information

1 cup sliced = 145 g

  Average Quantity per serving % Daily Intake per serve Average Quantity per 100 g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 698/167 8% 482/115
Protein (g) 1.9 4% 1.3
Fat, total (g) 0.4 1% 0.3
- saturated (g) 0.13 1% 0.09
Available carbohydrate (g) 36.1 12% 24.9
- sugars (g) 3.2 4% 2.2
Dietary Fibre (g) 4.5 15% 3.1
Sodium (mg) 0 0% 0
Folate (µg) 90 45% RDI* 62
Zinc (mg) 3.5 29% RDI* 2.4
Niacin (mg) 2.1 21% RDI* 1.4
Riboflavin (mg) 0.19 11% RDI* 0.13
Thiamin (mg) 0.15 13% RDI* 0.10
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.32 20% RDI* 0.22
Vitamin C (mg) 6 14% RDI* 4
Vitamin E (mg) 1.3 23% RDI* 1.61
Copper (mg) 0.4 12% ESADDI** 0.3
Magnesium (mg) 57 18% RDI* 39
Manganese (mg) 0.7 14% ESADDI** 0.5
Potassium (mg) 580   400

Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ

Your daily Intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs

*Recommended Dietary Intake (Average Adult)

**Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake

Source: FOODfiles 2016

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