I pulled about 15 lbs of taro. It wasn't a big patch. I pulled everything, even the tiny corms. because we want to redo the garden to make it more level. Between the dogs and the rain, that particular plot is always under attack. This was my weird yellow heirloom cultivar. The poi is yellow, and looks rather like baby poop, but it tastes good.
When you harvest taro, you dig under it and lift it, a bit like potatoes. Then you cut off the corm just under the new root sprouts and cut off the leaves above the "arrow", where the new growth of leaves is starting. You keep the leaves and the corm for eating; what's left is called the "huli", which you can replant. I offered a teacher at my kids' school a few huli, but forgot to send the boy with them today. They are just soaking in a bucket to start more rootlets.
I grow dryland taro, because I don't have any streams or reliable running water to create a lo'i or wetland patch.
Taro is very itchy. You need to wash frequently when handling it, and you need to cook both leaves and corm very, very well. I cook the corms in a pressure cooker and the leaves (lau) in the crock pot. The whole process took most of yesterday. I cooked the lau with chicken and added coconut milk to make Chicken Luau. It looks nasty - green slime and chicken bits, but tastes so very good. I crave taro lau at frequent intervals.... I put the cooked taro chunks in the fridge for tonight. I plan to make taro patties for dinner. I wish I had some sweet potato to add to the patties, but will have to make due with what I have here: some kabocha pumpkin and some spinach. With taro patties on the menu, I also need to bake sandwich buns today.
It is rather cold, windy, and rainy today. There is a large fire burning in the Volcano park and I can feel my nose itching, even though it is several miles away. I am going to work in the greenhouse today after I do the baking and make the taro patties. Six more days of daily Driver's Ed right during dinner prep time. Six more days of Spring Break. I plan to make the most of my mornings and early afternoons.