RE: Taro Bread

From: on behalf of maurice major
Sent: 	Monday, April 21, 1997 6:12 PM
To: 	Julius Boos
Subject: 	Taro Bread

To the recent spate of recipes, I would like to add taro bread. I use baked
corms, but as long as you squeeze the liquid out, boiled corms should work
also. Peel the corm and then grate it (or smash it with a fork) until there
is nothing larger than a piece of rice (unless you like lumpy bread). Be
careful not to smash it too long, or you get a glutinous substance (we call
it poi) that is too sticky for easy mixing into flour.
The  all you have to do is substitute the taro for one third of the flour,
keeping the same total amount as in your normal bread recipe. (In other
words, if the recipe calls for 4 cups of flour, you use 2 and two thirds
cups of flour, and one and one thrid cup of taro.) I have a bread machine,
and use the French Bread recipe that came with it. Depending on the variety,
the taro flavor and color come through in various strengths. I have had the
best luck with yellow and white-fleshed varieties. The main difference is in
the chewiness of the bread--Taro bread is much like a bagel in consistency.

Maurice Major
Department of Anthropology			Phone:	(808) 847-8282
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum		FAX:	(808) 842-1914
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817-0196

Thanks Maurice!  Will try this soon.   Sounds good.  Do you find the 
"eddoes"-variety of Colocasia, or only the "taro" varieties where you are?  
I`ve read that there are HUNDREDS of varieties of taro on Hawai`i;  I know I`d 
be in "hog heaven" and be as fat as a pig in no time!
  Will write again soon and discuss the Cyrtosperma issue.  Have you ever 
eaten it?  A friend in Indonesia tells me that contrary to all the reports you 
read on its tastelessnes and starchyness,  it`s very good!
   Any Ethnobotanists looking for an Aroid-related project to work on in the 
West Indies?  I have a great one to suggest.
  Write when able.           
                                            Sincerely,   Julius.

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