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Dasheen

This root vegetable has been cultivated for more than 6,000 years. We’re talking Mesopotamia times for those who took World History in school. Dasheen is a variety of taro root with segments called corms and tubers. Natural sugars within this vegetable impart a sweet, nutty flavor profile. This must be cooked before eating and may be prepared in ways similar to a potato.

  1. Scrub well (wear gloves) and remove the skin with a peeler. (If you don’t have disposable gloves, coat your hands with cooking oil before peeling)
  2. Cut or slice as needed.
  3. Either boil and cook immediately or place in a bowl of cold water.

Store in a cool, dry place for a few days. Do not refrigerate. Use once they are soft.

Year-Round

  1. Good source of fiber with a variety of plant-based compounds, minerals, and vitamins
  2. This starchy vegetable contains complex carbs that keep you satiated – that means you’ll feel fuller longer and potentially reduce the number of calories you consume in a day
  3. Fiber and resistant starches within dasheen may be beneficial to your gut health