Giant taro facts

Giant Taro is commonly found in the tropical latitudes. The roots and leaves contain the oxalate crystals due to which one experience itchiness in the mouth. In Vietnam, the roots and leaves are used to feed animals. In India, it is commonly cultivated as the decorative plant. The roots of Giant taro resemble the flavor of potato. It is a great source of phosphorus, iron and Vitamin C.

Name Giant Taro
Scientific Name Alocasia macrorrhizos
Native Native to tropical Asia. It was originated from India, Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka and also spread to Oceania and Asian tropical countries.
Common/English Name Ape, Egyptian Lily, Big Rooted Taro, Elephant’s Ear, Giant Elephant Ear, Giant Alocasia, Roasting Coco, Giant Taro, Upright Elephant Ear
Name in Other Languages Arabic: El-Emlak,
Australia: Cunjevoi,
Bangladesh: Mankachu,
Brazil: Inhame Gigante,
Burmese: Pein-Mohawaya,
Chinese: Hai Yu,
Chuukese: Kachik,
Cook Islands: Kape,
Czech: Alokázie,
Danish: Kæmpetaro,
Eastonian: Suurejuureline Alokaasia,
Fais: Fila,
Fijian: Via Gaga,
Finnish: Jättialokasia
French: Alocasie,
French Haiti: mazumbel,
German: Alokasie
Guyana: Hog Tannia
India:
Assamese: Boro-Mankachu,
Bengali: Mankachu,
Goan: Cureas,
Gujarathi: Alavu,
Hindi: Mankanda,
Kannada: Baalaraaksha,
Konkani: Kasali,
Malayalam: Seema Chembu,
Manipuri: Hongngoo,
Marathi: Kaasaalu,
Sanskrit: Hastikarnah,
Tamil: Kacakarni,
Telugu: Sarachema,
Tuli: Chevu,
Hawaiian: Apii
Hebrew: Alocasia
Hungarian: Táró
Ifaluk: File
I – Kiribati: Te Kabe,
Indonesia:
Javanese: Bira,
Maluku: Mira,
Nusa Tenggara: Biah,
Sulawesi: Bira,
Sumatra: Ababa,
Sundanese: Taleus Sente,
Italian: Alocasia,
Japanese: Dokuimo,
Kapingamarangi: Ngaungau,
Kosrae: Onak Owa,
Khmer: K’da:T Haôra
Lamotrek: File
Laotian: Kaph’uk
Latvian: Lielsakņu Alokāzija
Lesser Antilles: Giant Tayo
Malaysia: Birah Negeri,
Marquesan: Kape
Marshallese: Wat,
Murilo: Oht,
Nomwin, Namoluk: Ka,
Namonweito: Oot,
Nepali: Ghampe Tarul,
New Caledonia: Aware,
Niuean: Kape
Palauan: Bisech,
Papua New Guinea: Abir, Paragum, Pia, Via
Philippines:
Bikol: Talipan,
Bisaya: Badiang,
Bontok: Bilbila,
Ibanag: Aba,
Ifugao: Bilan Mumpaha,
Igorot: Aba-Aba,
Iloko: Bira,
Pampangan: Biga,
Tagalog: Badiang,
Pohnpeian: Cha,
Polish: Alokazja,
Polynesia: Ape,
Portuguese: Inhame Monstro,
Puerto Rico: Yautía Cimarrona,
Rarotongan: Kape,
Samoan: Ta’amu,
Satawalese: File,
Spanish: Malanga,
Swahili: Magimbi,
Tahitian: Ape,
Thai: Kradatdam,
Tokelau: Ta’amu,
Tongan: Kape,
Turkish: Alokasye,
Tuvalu: Ta’amu,
Ulithian: Fole
Vanuatu: Lese-En,
Vietnamese: Hải Vu,
Wallis & Futuna: Kape,
Woleai: Fille,
Yapese: File
Plant Growth Habit Coarse, erect, monoecious, rhizomatous, evergreen
Growing Climate Tropical and sub­tropical
Soil Moist and well-drained
Plant Size 5 m high
Lifespan Perennial
Stem Upright, erect, elongated, woody stem; Length: 1-1.2 m; Diameter: 25 cm
Leaf shape and size Large, sagittate, rosette, flatten blades; Length: 0.9-1.8 m; Width: 0.6-1.2 m
Leaf color Glossy, medium green
Corm weight 100-120 kg
Fruit shape & size Spathe, oblong-ellipsoid, green, Length: 8 cm
Seed Several, pale brown; Diameter: 4 mm
Major Nutritions Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 17 mg (18.89%)
Carbohydrate 23 g (17.69%)
Zinc, Zn 1.6 mg (14.55%)
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 2 mg (13.33%)
Magnesium, Mg 52 mg (12.38%)
Iron, Fe 0.8 mg (10.00%)
Potassium, K 267 mg (5.68%)
Total dietary Fiber 1.9 g (5.00%)
Protein 2.2 g (4.40%)
Calcium, Ca 38 mg (3.80%)
Health Benefits
  • Prevent scurvy
  • Eliminates free radicals
  • Treats acne
  • Balance hormones
  • Vision
  • Treats insomnia
  • Prevent heart ailments
  • Prevent cramps
  • Brain health
  • Formation of hemoglobin
Calories in 100 gm 100 Kcal.