My bride and I have been doing a good bit of grocery shopping lately at the MD Oriental Market at 49th and Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park. Not only have we experienced some tasty and exotic treats but we have greatly expanded our culinary knowledge base.
Every time we shop at MD we find new food items that pique our interest. Some we buy on the spot, other times we go home and Google before we buy. Banana flowers looked intriguing but I had no idea what to do with them. Google answered all of my banana flower questions. I decided to eschew banana flowers. The preparation appeared to be more trouble than it was worth.
Tara root, on the other hand, appeared doable; just cut into cubes, boil like white potatoes and then mash like ... well, mashed potatoes. The mashed taro that I prepared to accompany my Chinese inspired pot roast was absolutely delicious. MD sells taro either peeled or unpeeled.
Additionally, one cup of taro has zero cholesterol, 117 calories, 11 mg of sodium and a mere 28 grams of carbs as opposed to 2 mg of cholesterol, 210 calories, 485 mg of sodium and 33.1 grams of carbs for white mashed potatoes Taro is loaded with valuable nutrients and it tastes great ... especially with a ladle of beef gravy.
We will still buy and cook white potatoes but taro offers a nutritious alternative.
Buen provecho, y'all.