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Massive taro root could be largest ever harvested

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII (AP) – A super-sized taro root has been harvested on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The 50-pound corm, which is the root of a taro plant, was grown on Aina ‘Ahiu Farm in Hawaii Island’s South Kona district and could possibly be the largest on record, West Hawaii Today reported on Wednesday.

The US Department of Agriculture said taro plants usually weigh between one and two pounds. This one – including corm, stalk and leaves – weighed close to 100 pounds.

Clarence and Nellie Medeiros, who harvested the plant, said it could feed about 180 people.
The couple plans to submit the specimen to the Guinness Book of World Records. The current Guinness record is a seven-pound root grown in China in 2009.

The entire taro plant can be eaten, not just the root, in a variety of Hawaiian dishes from the staple poi to lau lau and squid luau, both of which include taro leaves.

The bottom of the plant, the huli, can be planted again after harvest and the plant will grow again.

Nellie and Clarence Medeiros pose with a 50-pound taro root unearthed at the couple’s South Kona farm on Hawaii’s Big Island. PHOTO: AP

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