Wild Taro Research Project

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Location: Japan
Work interests: Crop Wild Relatives (CWR), plant domestication, crop history, biodiversity, ethnobotany
Affiliation/website: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
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Preferred contact language(s): English, German
Contact: Dr Peter J. Matthews, Project Leader: pjm [at] minpaku [dot] ac [dot] jp
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Taro (toran) in Korea

user image 2020-09-21
By: Research Cooperative
Posted in: Taro online

Terry Stocker, in an article published online in about 2014, makes some interesting remarks about the role informal street sellers who sell vegetables and other foods on the periphery of commercial markets.

He compares the situation in Mexico and South Korea, and shows photos of "toran" (taro) corms and leaves being sold in Korea.

https://globalethnographic.com/index.php/aspects-of-market-and-culinary-variation/

Many years ago, during a visit to the floating water gardens on Lake Inle in Myanmar, Kyaw Naing and I met a family peeling and drying wild taro petioles for export to Korea. Apparently a Korean visitor had realised that this would be a good product for the Lake residents to export, as the dried petioles of taro are traditionally eaten in Korea.

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