Posted by: kauaikolea2 | August 28, 2011

The Taro Fields of Kaua’i

As you drive on Highway 56/560 (north as you leave our Kauai vacation rental condos), just as you reach the 1-lane bridge, a beautiful green field can be seen on your left side.  At another spot, on the top of the ridge, the vista spreads out, revealing many plots of taro. Rumor has it that this vista is one of the most photographed areas of Kaua’i.

Some interesting facts about taro:

  • a crop of taro takes about 6 months to mature, but it can be planted at any time and is to ensure a constant supply of taro
  • taro is an ancient food that sustained native Hawaiians for long periods
  • taro is used as table taro, poi, taro chips, and luau leaf
  • it is disrespectful to argue at the dinner table once a bowl of poi is open, as it is disrespectful to argue in front of elders (see second bullet point)
  • taro is one of only a few agricultural plants that can grow and need to be grown in flooded fields (ie, controlled flooding as too much water can be a problem)
  • the flooded field is called kalo lo’i
  • nonnative apple snails are a great problem for Kaua’i taro farmers
  • taro farming is very labor intensive, with farmers standing in water and bent over for hours on end
  • Kaua’i produces almost 75% of the taro used in the Hawaiian islands

Many people only know of taro as poi, which visitors often will not try, believing stories that it “tastes like paste”, and taro chips, which when purchased commercially on the mainland, are usually not that fresh and overly salted.  Nothing says “adventure” like a plate lunch, taro smoothie, fresh taro chips, or taro mochi cake.  Don’t go home without trying all of these, and poi, at the Hanalei Taro and Juice Co truck, on the side of the road in Hanalei.  After trying taro in its various forms, including poi, you may become a believer and ask for seconds…if not, more for the rest of us!

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