Kalo (Taro)- An Important Hawaiian Plant

Episode 16: In this episode we talk about Kalo or Taro, Colocasia esculenta. To learn about this staple of the Hawaiian diet, we visit the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens located in Kahului on the island of Maui.

At Maui Nui, we speak with Tamara Sherrill and John Aquino. Former Plant Collections Manager, Tamara is now Maui Nui’s Executive Director. Tamara describes several old Hawaiian varieties of Kalo, kalo propagation, and Native and Canoe Plants.

We also talk with farmer and Hawaiian Plant Expert John Aquino about what parts of the Kalo are edible, how it’s grown, and traditional Hawaiian farming methods.

To learn more about the Maui Nui Botanic Gardens, visit their website at MNBG.org.

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