Taro is a root grown in semi-tropical and tropical climates all over the world. Taro root is used in a similar fashion to a potato, but in fact has better nutritional qualities than a potato and is a strong link to Hawaiian culture. There are hundreds of varieties of taro grown throughout the world in both wetland and dryland conditions. Used as a starchy component of many diets, it’s non-allergenic, easy to digest.
Young corn ears can be consumed raw, with the cob and silk, but as the plant matures (usually during the summer months), the cob becomes tougher and the silk dries to inedibility. By the end of the growing season, the kernels dry out and become difficult to chew without cooking them tender first in boiling water.