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Jun 14, 2010 11:32 AM

Taro leaves, taro leaves, please help I want some taro leaves

I know this has been discussed ad nauseum on different boards, but I still have not been able to find a single place that carries taro leaves in Manhattan. I've even dragged my taro-loving ass to the Asian markets in Queens.

Please help. Does anyone know of a store ANYWHERE in Manhattan proper that I can just walk in and purchase TARO leaves? I'm having terrible laulau cravings.


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  1. I swear I've seen them connected to the root sold by street vendors on Mott St. Feel free to invite me for your Laulau luau! LOL

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    1. re: christinepierce

      Thanks! Hmmm, I'll check it out. I've trolled every Asian and some African markets in the city with no luck. None in Chinatown's market either... If one more person tells me to substitute spinach, I'll scream!

      Gosh I miss Kuhio Grille in Hilo...home of the one pound lau lau...and they used to specially make me an all chicken on too.

    2. Are they acceptable frozen? I think I've seen them frozen various places in Chinatown etc.

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      1. re: buttertart

        at this point I'd take it....I'll check it out again, but even the Korean markets on 34th Street didn't have them.

        1. re: buttertart

          I have never seen them fresh as they need to be prepared correctly to remove the toxins. You can find bags of dried leaves at Asia Market in Manhattan or the Phil-Am Mart in Woodside. If they are not labelled as "taro," look for "gabi" or "laing."

          Asia Market
          71 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

        2. I've seen it at the produce markets in Richmond Hill, Queens, near the Lefferts terminus of the A train. Banana Country is one grocer that comes to mind:

          Don't recall ever seeing it in Manhattan, sorry.

          1. Karen,

            If you are looking for taro leaves we have lots growing here in T&T. send an email to, you can get some sent to you via fed ex