Our parents always used to tell us to finish the green vegetables for a lot of good reasons. In the same manner, Fiji’s Taro leaves surely are one of the best leafy green vegetable consisting of many health benefits. Packed with a lot of nutrients, this leafy vegetable can grow anywhere from river banks to muddy tropical lands. Kalo, elephant’s ear, keladi, luau etc, are some of the names given to taro. Today this amazing vegetable has different varieties and subspecies.
Since taro leaves have many benefits on consuming, you must however, need to be careful while cooking. One of the main reasons behind this is that the leaf contains harmful agent which can be dangerous. You need to cook for at least a period of 10 minutes before it is to be served. These are some of the benefits you can find on consuming this leafy vegetable.
- Antioxidants – Taro leaves contain a good amount of Vitamin C. This Vitamin is a rich source of antioxidant that helps in preventing cancer and other harmful diseases.
- Immune System – Since taro leaves are a good source of Vitamin C, consuming even a single cup can result in a boost to the immune system.
- Benefits the Eyes –Apart from being a good source of Vitamin C, taro leaves are also produce a good amount of Vitamin A. This Vitamin helps in preventing various eye related diseases like cataracts, myopia, glaucoma and more.
- Weight Loss –Taro leaves are also rich with proteins and fibers which are beneficial to muscle gain and weight loss.
You can easily find this vegetable sold in various local markets. The markets are just a short walking distance from the exclusive Fiji island resorts.