Question: asian root vegetable

January 2, 2011
I recently purchased a root vegetable at asian market (thougt it was possibly celery root (egg shaped and "hairy" ) but when cooked (only a few mins) it tasted very much like a potato. Does anyone know what it is called & how to use it the best way??


Chris Paulk's picture

It could have been Japanese Taro Root other names for it are Dasheen, Araimo, Cocoyam, arrow root, kalo, sato imo, gabi, patra, woo tau. It would taste a lot like a potato. They make good chips if you thinly slice & fry them.
You can use it in soups, stews, cakes ect.

Celery root is usually a little round, bumpy and has that nice celery fragrance.

miansari66's picture

I think you are asking for Turnip (Shaljam/Shalgham), comes in yellow, pink at top layer