The healing power of colocasia esculenta
The most common name for this edible plant is taro. This taro, however, is somewhat larger than the usual tarot on tropical markets, and certainly much larger than the Chinese Tajer, or taro.
In India this plant is called tarot, Elephant-ear, Coco-yam, Chembu and Eddoe. However, Elephant-ear and Coco-yam are names used for other colocasia species also. There are two species that grow very large leaves. These leaves can be 1 to 2 meters in diameter.
In West Papua they say "keladi" against this plant. In Bangla Desh the plant is called Kochu. In some European garden centers the plant is sold for ornamental use, for instance in the Netherlands it is called ''Olifantsoor '', which translates in English as 'Elephant's ear'. This name is a reference to the giant leaves of this plant. In most countries it is not an ornamental plant but a food plant. It is grown in 135 countries as a food source.