‘Basi yunai’ (sugar-wrapped taro) is cooked over the fire with taro and sesame in melted sugar, which creates a transparent golden crust with a caramel flavour.
In Tuvalu, farmers once dug pits in the sandy soil, filled them with compost and planted taro , but now in low-lying areas, increasingly brackish water is poisoning these root crops.
Finally, she says, it's exciting to have had first-hand experience with tropical agriculture by sampling breadfruit, taro , fresh coconut milk, and lychees just picked from a tree.
Uchideshi life back then consisted of rising before the sun to pray, training, and eating two meals a day of rice porridge with sweet potato or taro .
In W. Africa, where both taro and malanga are staple foods, next in importance only to cassava and yams, they are known as ‘old’ and ‘new cocoyam’.
People note that banana trees are not producing many fruits, and yams, taro and sweet potato are similarly affected.
The most popular Asian flavourings are taro (a starchy potato-like root vegetable) and sesame (yes, like those on your bagel).
Before contact with the West, staple foods included yam, taro , banana, coconut, sugarcane, tropical nuts, greens, pigs, fowl, and seafood.
The staple food is the sweet potato, introduced from Indonesia about 300 years ago; other crops are yams, bananas, taro , sugar cane and greens of various kinds.
In the US they call them dasheen, taro , cocoyams and also malanga.