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Cooking taro

Taro - by Skylar
First we peel off the skin of the taro then we put it in a pot filled up with cold water.
My mum doesn’t eat the leaves of the taro because she doesn’t like it but my grandma and grandpa eat it.
I haven’t eaten taro before, but my grandma and papa used to eat it every day in the Cook Islands when they were young like me.

Taro - by Nivannah
Taro is good for eating. My mum and dad eat taro with coconut cream because we like taro in coconut cream. My sister Vonyae is part Niuean and she likes her taro inside a takihi (taro pudding) with pawpaw and coconut cream.

Cooking taro - by Leah
My dad eats taro in coconut cream and he cooks it in a hangi too. My mum just cooks taro in a pot. When my dad cooks a hangi, he sings. My dad cooks a lot of taro. I am part Māori, and Māori people used to eat taro in the past. They cooked their taro in a hangi too. I’m sure they also sang a song when they did a hangi too.

Taro - by Aries
Taro is good because it is yummy especially with coconut cream. It is eaten with yummy food such as fish and meat. Taro is yum with sapasui.

Cooking Taro - by Kingston
Taro can be cooked by an umu (earth oven) or steamed in an electric oven. It can be cooked in an umu with some other food such as meat. Taro is soft and grey in colour when it is cooked and white and hard when it is not cooked. My favourite way to eat taro is with luau (taro leaves).

How Taro is cooked - by Amylia
Taro is an important part of the Pacific people’s diet because it can be made into lots of different dishes. Taro can be steamed in a hangi or an umu. It can also be boiled in a pot of water. It can also be grilled or deep fried into taro chips. I love taro with coconut cream.

How to cook Taro leaves by Fidelina
In Tonga, taro leaves can be made with coconut cream on it. It is called lū (taro leaves). When we add meat like lamb or mutton to it, it is called lū sipi. When we add corned beef or pulu masima to it, it is called lū pulu.
My mum, dad and whole family love to eat lū with anything - sipi, pulu or fish. We have lū on special days like birthdays, weddings, or after church.

Cooking Taro - by Evelyn
Taro is important because it is good to eat with fish and pisupo (corned beef) My mum and dad used to eat taro in Samoa when they were little. My nana likes to make luau with taro leaves, onions and coconut cream. In the past, the men used to make a big umu and make lots of palusami.

Taro - by Bianca
Taro is hard to cook so you have to be careful. When you cook taro in the pot you have to make sure it is cooked properly or else you have an itchy taste on your tongue. In Tongan we call that fifisi. You can tell your taro is cooked when it is soft when you poke a fork into it. Taro is delicious.

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