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RenaeC
Feb 9, 2017 1:22 AM CST
I've never grown taro root before. Is it similar to regrowing ginger? Can i cut off the area's i'm using and then replant the stem? It's a greenish brown color right now and was the smallest one they had at the store.

And, yes that is the taro root that was 2/$1. The original price was $4. Thanks again in advance for your help! :)

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Feb 9, 2017 1:54 PM CST
I don't see why not. It's Elephant Ear, right??
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RenaeC
Feb 9, 2017 2:00 PM CST
Yes, i'll have to buy another small pot for it and try experimenting with it to see if it'll grow. For now it's in my freezer. I already cut the root up except for the top part since I planned on making taro bread and planting that piece. If it's a fail, I can just try buying the seeds or a new whole one at the store. Thanks for the input! :)
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tarev
Feb 9, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Yummy taro! We use that in a very yummy sour and savoury soup dish called Sinigang either with pork or shrimp! So good during the cold weather! Wow, your taro price seems quite expensive! Try to go to Asian stores, don't know where you are located, if there is a Ranch 99 or Seafood City store around you, you will get them there often. It is often used in our recipes.

I have read that in planting taro, if you want really good corm sizes it needs a big container. It is usually planted in the Philippines in ground, needs lots of moisture and very warm weather. That is why it grows like a backyard weed over there. Harvested for the corms and the leaves.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 9, 2017 2:52 PM CST
Tarev, I went to a chain market in my old town of the store that is in my current town. It's an Asian mixed store, but not an Asian supermarket. The store sells Asian foods, hispanic foods, indian foods, and some American foods. But, omg taro yes...sooo good! I have taro mochi in my fridge cause I like my mochi cold and I plan on making taro bread and matcha bread tomorrow and maybe bbq something Lovey dubby

I was able to get a lot off of the one root that was enough to freeze a few freezer bags that should last me a bit. I also do plan on getting a couple more 15 gallon buckets from walmart since they were like 5 or 6 bucks. I cant remember how much i paid. But, yes next time i go to walmart im definitely getting more :)
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tarev
Feb 9, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Love mochi! Whenever we go to Japantown, got to pass by one of their mochi shops there Lovey dubby
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RenaeC
Feb 9, 2017 3:17 PM CST
See you're lucky you're more near the coast and in a larger area where they have that stuff made fresh. I have to settle with store bought premade boxes, but they're still so good. It's hard to pick just one flavor to eat cause they have 6 different flavors (i grabbed 5 of them lol). I saw a video of a whole foods store in irvine, Ca that is selling mochi ice cream. I want to go so badly to get some of them Lovey dubby
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tarev
Feb 9, 2017 3:19 PM CST
Actually we are inland, so it is really a trip to go to SF. But we often go there especially when it gets thermally hot here during the long dry months, to cool down and go hiking.
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RenaeC
Feb 9, 2017 3:52 PM CST
Oh nice! See lucky :p i love going to San Francisco. It's so gorgeous there. I would love to actually go for a few days and hit all the sweet shops and restaurants id like to go to over there, but we never stay more than a couple days out there. There's a Hawaiian dish or hawaiian style dish with taro root leaves that they have there, but i can't remember what it's called it's super sweet and had like chicken, pineapple, and rice it was so good!
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tarev
Feb 9, 2017 4:04 PM CST
We go to Bay Area Asian supermarkets too, just to get our Asian ingredients, much more choices there. I am thankful we have one small store here, it helps tide us up, till we have more time to drive over there.

So its either, Seafood City Supermarket, Ranch 99, Island Pacific. Do you have Grocery Outlet stores? Sometimes they carry some good tropical produce there.

There was an Asian supermarket in Stockton too, forgot the name, but I am not comfortable there in Stockton, so we just head to Bay Area, more areas to visit and shopping to do there.
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RenaeC
Feb 9, 2017 4:29 PM CST
We have a grocery outlet here. We love that store. We do most of our main shopping there. When i see big bags of white rice, calrose rice, and corn masa on sale there i stock up on it. It's pretty much the only place you can get vegetarian food here. Target has a lot, but not nearly as cheap. The only tropical fruit you can get there is sometimes mangos and papaya. Bananas are always sold out everytime we go too. We don't have a ranch 99 or seafood city supermarket.
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tarev
Feb 9, 2017 4:37 PM CST
Yeah, we have to drive further for those 2 Asian stores, so I have to really list down and plan a trip when we go there. We used to be just 15 to 20 minutes away from both, but we have to move more inland, can't afford homes in Bay Area.
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RenaeC
Feb 9, 2017 4:56 PM CST
Yea, i get you. It's really expensive out by the coast even when it's just to rent and when you do find something affordable it's either taken really fast, a "community shared house" with like 15 people in a 6 bedroom house each paying 500 to live there and most of them share a room with a lot of other people or don't have a room at all, or it's located in a really bad area or further than you'd like
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Philipwonel
Apr 5, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Hi : Renae
I hope things are getting better for you !!! Lovey dubby Angel

I've seen taro in store, but didn't know a thing about it, untell you wrote this. So i googled it. Now i want to try it. I live in SJ valley, also. So i was wondering ? Did, or, have you had success rooting your taro ?
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RenaeC
Apr 5, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Hey philip, things are still the same. It's just going to take a while to get things situated. Thanks for asking. On the postive side, some of my plants that I had that were in containers are starting to get really big now that the summer heat is already here.

No, i did not have success regrowing it. My freezer gave the root i saved freezer burn. But, i hope you like taro when you give it a try... It's really good! I have a lot of it left over in my freezer, so I think I will make more rolls with some of it this weekend. I have some taro mochi as well on my fridge. Let me know what you think of it!
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Apr 5, 2017 6:05 PM CST
RenaeC said:Hey philip, things are still the same. It's just going to take a while to get things situated. Thanks for asking. On the postive side, some of my plants that I had that were in containers are starting to get really big now that the summer heat is already here.

No, i did not have success regrowing it. My freezer gave the root i saved freezer burn. But, i hope you like taro when you give it a try... It's really good! I have a lot of it left over in my freezer, so I think I will make more rolls with some of it this weekend. I have some taro mochi as well on my fridge. Let me know what you think of it!


Did you keep your taro root in the freezer or refrigerator? If it went in the freezer it probably won't grow. You could still use it to cook, though!
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RenaeC
Apr 5, 2017 6:49 PM CST
I had placed the root top in the freezer until i was able to get more soil and everything for it, but it had turned brown and was covered in freezer burn. But, it's ok I will try again another time for it. For now, i'll be okay since I still have a lot of prechopped pieces of it left over from when i first bought it. :D
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DaisyI
Apr 5, 2017 7:16 PM CST
I don't understand the original question. Confused You want to plant a 'piece' of a taro root?

I grew Taro and Satoimo (Japanese Taro) in Oakdale (SJ Valley, Zone 8) for years. All the bulbs were from the Asian grocery. The stems can be pickled (tsukimono) and the bulbs steamed. You can't grow a piece of a Taro bulb - that's like asking if you can grow piece a daffodil bulb.

I doubt you could grow Taro from a stem cutting either. Also, Taro is a tropical plant. I don't think you can freeze a bulb and then expect it to grow.

There are two types of Taro - Dryland and wetland. I think the Taro you find in the store is wetland (I know Satoimo is). Plant it and give it lots of water. I always put it on the edge of ponds and in wet spots in my yard.

Edited to add: When you harvest your Taro, pull it up, replant the children and the grandchildren and eat the big ones.
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Philipwonel
Apr 6, 2017 9:08 AM CST
Renae. Hi 😁.
To bad you froze taro top. You cant freeze tubers to grow. The freezing explodes there cells.

The top might root Shrug! I sure will try. But, i will plant a whole tuber at same time, just in case, top dosent grow.
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RenaeC
Apr 6, 2017 10:05 AM CST
Daisy i had asked if i cut the top of that root i bought would it grow? But, even so it became a dead root in my freezer which is fine i will try again another time. I have a lot left over still from that giant piece i got.

Philip, yea it was unfortunate, but things happen. Good luck with your taro growing and do keep me updated on the results! :)

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