kolokasi / taro root


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Kolokasi, a traditional Cyprus food, is also known as – taro! What is a food so identified with the Pacific Islands doing on a Mediterranean island? Cyprus is just one of the many places where taro spread from its origins in Eastern India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The island is now the closest main supplier to Europe, where taro can be difficult to get.

People have been growing and eating taro in Cyprus since the time of the Roman Empire. Kolokasi is similar to the name the Romans used: colocasia. “Babytaro is called “poulles” on the island. The traditional Cyprus recipe sautees kolokasi with celery, onion, and pork or chicken. After sauteeing , the pan is deglazed with dry red wine and coriander seeds; then the dish is covered with a tomato sauce and served with freshly squeezed lemon. A vegetarian version is also popular.

Kolokasi is high in fiber and carbohydrates, as well as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and folate. It also contains good amounts of magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and copper. Kolokasi is known for its ability to improve digestion, lower blood sugar and blood pressure, prevent heart disease and certain types of cancers, protect the skin, boost vision health and circulation, and aid the immune system, as well as support muscle and nerve health.

In its raw form kolokasi is poisonous, with high levels of calcium oxalate, so it is important to be careful in how you prepare it and cook it. Cooking makes kolokasi safe to eat.

An important part of being careful is handling kolokasi dry. Never wash kolokasi with water. To peel it, hold it with kitchen paper, and with a sharp knife peel it rather deep. Keep wiping it with kitchen paper as you peel it. To cut kolokasi, you don’t slice it, as that will keep it from softening during cooking. Hold it in one hand and with a sharp knife make a cut in it; with the help of your thumb press on the knife and turn your wrist and press toward the bulb to crack a small piece off. Continue this process until you have cracked each bulb into rough walnut-size pieces.

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Contact Person: Nikos Andrea
Mailing Address: Koniele Trading LTD,
Evagorou 6, Dromolaxia, Cyprus 7020
Call/Text: 00 357 97 884776
Company Reg. No: HE343968