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Growing Taro, also Dasheen, cocoyam

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04 Mar 16 Ian (Australia - tropical climate)
We're at south mission beach in the wet tropics and have a variety which has purplish fleck and a lovely nutty flavour. Any ideas which of the varieties it is. I was given the plants 20+ years ago and told it came originally from Noel Woods garden on Bedarra island.
22 Mar 16 John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The taro with the purple fleck is referred to as the bun long variety and also known as Chinese Taro in the tropics. Its flesh is very soft and preferred by the Asian community, versus the heavy starched variety preferred by Pacific Islanders such Taro Niue (pink taro) and Alafua Sunrise. There are a few commercial growers of Chinese Taro in the Tully and Innisfail areas.
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