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Looking for Taro Leaves

missmable Aug 4, 2010 09:20 AM

Does anyone know where to find taro leaves? I can find the root at the Hong Kong Market, both Asian style small and Polynesian style big but I've never found the leaves anywhere. Any leads?

  1. j
    JazzyB Aug 4, 2010 01:27 PM

    Elephant ears are also known as taro.

    1. h
      Hungry Celeste Aug 4, 2010 02:28 PM

      Not that I'm suggesting you "steal", but there's a nice big patch of taro outside Norman Mayer hall on the Tulane campus. For a retail source, try Asian Gourmet Market on Williams or Ranch 99 supermarket on Chef Menteur.

      Asian Gourmet Market
      3239 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA

      1. m
        missmable Aug 10, 2010 03:36 PM

        Ok, so I hit up the Asian Gourmet Market and nope, no taro leaves. They just carry the corm like anyone else. As for elephant ears, I consulted the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation and they warned against eating ornamentals, even if they are edible, because "they may have been treated with chemicals or pesticides that are not safe for consumption." What a bummer. He also said that many edible ornamental varieties aren't necessarily tasty like the ones normally grown for consumption. Does anyone know if the Vietnamese farmers market carries them? I've actually never been since it's so early.

        Asian Gourmet Market
        3239 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA

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        1. re: missmable
          foodmuse Aug 10, 2010 04:54 PM

          I don't ever remember seeing them at the Versailles market, but i haven't ever sought them out, either. How pressing is your need? I say run back to HK Market or Asian Gourmet and buy some Taro roots and plant them. You'll have young leaves aplenty in a couple of months, without tempting the wrath of the English Dept or possible poisoning.

          1. re: missmable
            vttp926 Aug 10, 2010 06:01 PM

            i think i have seen the elephant ears at the vietnamese farmer market before but it has been a while. if i was still living down there, you could have all the elephant ears you want since we grow it at my grandma

          2. k
            Kairi Foods Dec 5, 2010 09:16 AM

            We have lots of taro leaves here in the Caribbean. Actually we ship to a few places in Toronto and Miami. If you are still interested, just send me an email to kairifoods@mail.tt, we can send you some via fed ex, no problem.

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