While often introduced as a crop, it has escaped in many areas and become naturalized. The leaves are light green for elephant ear and darker green in color for taro. Plants produce prodigious amounts of growth and appreciate regular fertilization during the growing season.
From the mountains, materials such as wood are provided for thatching roofs and twining rope. This species is also commercially grown as a food crop in Hawaii poi is made from the tubers where it is commonly called taro. Once harvested, kalo is incorporated into many foods. The corms, which have a light purple color due to phenolic pigments,  are roasted, baked or boiled.
In Indonesia, C. Specific epithet means edible or good to eat. Both have arrow-shaped leaves with long petioles and wavy margins. Calla lily-like flowers with yellowish-white spathes and spadixes are infrequently produced and usually hidden by the foliage when they do occur.
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Its growth as an export crop began in when taro leaf blight  decimated the taro industry in neighboring Samoa. Flowering seldom occurs outside of the native range Distribution in Florida: throughout the state Wild taro is commonly confused with elephant ear Xanthosoma sagittifolium. Taro from some regions has developed particularly good reputations with for instance Lae taro being highly prized. Taro is grown across the country, but the method of cultivation depends on the nature of the island it is grown on. The wrapping is inedible ti leaves Hawaiian: lau ki. Plants produce prodigious amounts of growth and appreciate regular fertilization during the growing season. A lo'i specifically denotes wetland kalo growing, not dry land. Young kalo tops baked with coconut milk and chicken meat or octopus arms are frequently served at luaus.
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En Nicaragua se Colocasiw por Colcasia y quiquisque. En Costa Rica se le llama ñampí Venezuela se conoce como ocumo chino. La voz es del Caribe continental de Colocasia esculenta, que exculenta el eaculenta actual se conserva bajo la forma akuumo. En Bolivia Colocssia conoce como papa balusa. En Cuba se le denomina malanga isleña, mientras que a los rizomas comestibles de esta planta se les llama ñame isleño.
Colicasia En Ecuador se le conoce como papa china En isla de Pascua es llamado Taro..
This species is also commercially grown as a food crop in Hawaii poi is made from the tubers where it is commonly called taro. Both have arrow-shaped leaves with long petioles and wavy margins. However, the toxin can be minimized and the tuber rendered palatable by cooking,  or by steeping in cold water overnight. Both elephant ear and taro are herbaceous perennials with large leaves up to 6 feet in length.
As the common name suggests, each leaf purportedly resembles an elephant's ear. Biological Wild taro has no known biological control agents. Lift the roots, which can be boiled or fried like potatoes. History One mythological version of Hawaiian ancestry cites the taro plant as an ancestor to Hawaiians.