Paddy fields of taro crops in a valley

Paddy fields of taro crops in a valley

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Caption: Taro cultivation. Paddy fields of taro crops, Colocasia esculenta, in a valley. Taro (also known as dasheen, eddoe or cocoyam) is grown in tropical regions around the world for its swollen underground stems (corms). The corms yield about 50% starch but they must be cooked before eating to eliminate a poisonous substance, calcium oxalate. Photograph of Hanalei Valley on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, USA. Hawaii's national dish, poi, is made from taro which has been boiled, pounded, and fermented to form a sticky, edible paste.

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Keywords: agriculture, cocoyam, colocasia esculenta, crop, dasheen, eddoe, farming, hanalei valley, hawai'i, hawaii, land use, paddy field, taro, taro crop, taro crops, traditional

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