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BIOLOGY 165-Taro projet Sheena Hookala


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  • 1. Taro Taro what is it? What is the evolution of Taro? What is the process of turning taro into poi? What is taro used for today? By: Sheena Hookala
  • 2. What is Taro
    • Taro also know as kalo. Kalo is a part of the family Araceae
    • In scientific botany, taro is known as colocasia esculenta.
    • Calla Lily is an example of a member of the Araceae family
    • The Araceae family is comprised of about 1,500 species
  • 3. The History of Taro
    • Taro is said to have been originated from India and southeast asia
    • After India, taro cultivated west ward
    • Taro cultivated east towards China and can be traced back to 100 B.C.
    • Taro is native to Hawaii
    • Taro is said to be cultivated since 500 B.C.
  • 4. What are the conditions needed to grow Taro?
    • Warm weather between 77  F - 95  F
    • Must be grown in the spring when it doesn’t freeze
    • Taro must be well watered
    • Soil should always be moist
    • Taro must be planted about 6 inches deep and about 15-24 inches apart
    The above picture is called a “loi” patch this is where taro is grown.
  • 5. How is Taro processed?
    • After taro is harvested, it is rinsed clean
    • It is detached from its leaves and put into two separate piles.
    • One pile of the taro root and the other is the taro leaves are called “luau leafs”
    • Luau leafs are used to make “laulau” and “Luau stew”
  • 6. How is taro changed into poi?
    • Taro is peeled
    • Taro is cut
    • Taro is boiled
    • Taro is pounded using poi pounders
    Poi Pounders A person pounding poi
  • 7. What are products of Taro? Poi Taro chips Taro pie Taro Pancakes
  • 8. Why you should vote for Taro
    • Taro is very interesting
    • It can be in different forms
    • The taste of Taro is sour
    • Many Hawaiians enjoy it because they grew up with it
    • If you ever go to Hawaii, you will see that it is advertised in a lot if things
    • Mcdonalds sells taro pies
    • Many stores will sell bags of taro
    • You can use the leafs as a source of food
    • Pounding Taro is a very long process and a good way to strengthen your arm
    Taro cone Bag of Poi
  • 9. References
    • Misra, Raj S., Kamal Sharma, Ajay K. Mishra, and S. Sriram. "Biochemical Alterations Induced in Taro in Response to Phyytophthora Colocasiae Infection." American Eurasian Network for Scientific Information (2008): 112-21. Academic Search Premier . Web. 8 Feb. 2011.
    • Mishra, Ajay K., Kamal Sharma, Misra, Raj S. “Purification and characterization of elicitor protein from Phytophthora colocasiae and basic resistance in Colocasia esculanta.” ScienceDirect (2008): 688-93. Academic Search Premier . Web. 8 Feb. 2011.
    • Hookala, Charles. Information about Taro, processing of Taro, Pounding of Taro, and history of Taro. Interview. 7 Feb. 2011.