She has a couple go-to places she will buy from because these are the only people she trusts to cook them properly. Thanks for sharing your story! All of these except Squash leaves must be prepared properly or they could kill you. It gets me every time. ~ Team Dirty. xo I came across this story posted in a plant group I’m in on Facebook, and I’m glad I did. I’m Jamaican, part of our national dish, ackee (looks like scrambled eggs but is a fruit) is poisonous unless it is picked at the right time and prepared properly. I moved to the couch and again, I farted SUPER loud (only once this time) and then I cracked up and went back to sleep. I did have issues with it once when I was preparing kalo to use in a dish called kulolo (a desert) and I wasn’t careful handling it. Molly. I make potato chips out of taro root that I mandolin to a nice chip size. There are 2,000+ species of plants in the Aroid family are poisonous. The leaves and stems just get chopped up, into roughly 1” long pieces. Now, I didn’t write this poisonous tale for sympathy, oh no, no, no. Taro can be boiled, steamed, or oven-baked, however, must be cooked thoroughly to prevent mouth and throat itching caused by a substance in raw taro called calcium oxalate. Taro usually grows in flooded areas in loamy soil and often during flood there is a high breeding of organisms in such areas. You never hear about anything like this cause locals (Hawai`ian and non-Hawai`ian alike) are taught from small kid time to only eat it when cooked. But I agree that if your local supermarket is selling it, put up a sign – WARNING CAN NOT BE EATEN RAW..And maybe some recipes on how to cook it. Wishing you all great health and happiness!! I figured out the hard black seeds that were hiding in my frozen local cherimoya fruit got blended up in my smoothy and yes they are TOXIC. I was still planning to make the meal tomorrow, but now I am going to use spinach instead. But well cooked and in coconut milk, they are delish! At one point during our journey to the store, I couldn’t decipher whether I was super hungry, if I needed to shit, if I needed to lay down, if I needed to throw up, or if I was about to pass out. Then apply enough salt to covertheareaandrubitinthoroughly witha little cold water. So basically, I had to devein the leaves, make a thick roll after placing leaves one upon another while applying spiced gram flour paste on each one them and finally steam. You need to hydrate yourself very often in case you want to get rid of itchy throat dry cough. Anyway as soon as nasuea hit the second time i loaded up on a shitton of activated charcoal. During a nap afterwards I woke up to the sound of my husband in the bathroom. Every part of the Kalo (Taro) plant was and is an important part of Hawai`ian diet. 1.Tea, Tulsi(Basil Leaves) And Ginger. Im so glad you’re both on the mend. I steamed a few of them in a steamer basket for about 15 minutes and then I made a badass bean and rice burrito using the steamed leaves as a wrap. I got it from a Wendy’s salad years and years ago! I sent your blog to my amazing daughter. I felt like it was a yes to any and all of these scenarios. xo Thank you for sharing. I was also able to find information on a Dangerous Plants website for pet owners:There are 2,000+ species of plants in the Aroid family are poisonous. Went to the clinic. I woke up again at 6:30am. I will remember them forever…. I could barely walk and when I did, I was definitely walking like a hunched over 95-year-old man. She read it then called me. Scratchy itchy throat is generally a symptom associated with other throat diseases. Molly. Duh. Hi Hillary, I was running low on my regular smoothie greens (kale, collards, bok choy, chard and spinach) so I grabbed the bag of taro leaves and I added 3 big leaves to my blender, along with the other smoothie ingredients (water, soy milk, banana, frozen berries, ginger, turmeric and ground flax seeds). Hey, I was born and raised on Maui. They survived, but it was touch-and-go, and they had to spend several days at the animal hospital. Hi Molly, That night I’m at the hospital getting my stomach pumped out. Hi Carolee, so sorry that you and your little ones had to go through this. The anti-inflammatory property of aloe vera gel cures breast itching, nipple itching, itching ears, and itchy back, hydrates the dryness of skin, suppresses the skin inflammation, and curbs the skin irritation. I drank tablespoons of Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar With The Mother. I’m amazed the entire class didn’t get sick like I did. It was as if I had swallowed a bee and it stung me, mid swallow. It has been over three years since I’ve had a hangover and going through this experience reminded me just how grateful I am to be done with that self-inflicted bullshit. It can indicate hay fever and other allergies, as well as viral or bacterial infections. The leaves have the same itching effect if not cooked properly. I never got around to trying to use it for food and it still grows in my garden, but I can only imagine the troubles I would have had if I had gone through with trying to use it without learning about it first! You should eat some Lau Lau.Taro leaves are wrapped around some pork or chicken and then steamed for at least 4 hours.Gets rid of that toxin that usually gives you a scratchy throat. I had to suck it up, ’cause there was no way their family would allow me to have even a small bite. Great story for the grandchildren, Wow! If you consumed something and your throat … And she had to explain it to the docs at the hospital!! We both felt super lethargic and our stomach cramps were on high, but still no diarrhea. Had a good chuckle on your well written and entertaining letter. That’s how I feel about it. I just tore a bit of it and chewed it like 20 minutes ago. My mom told me the same thing! So pleased I am not the only grown ass woman that thinks farts are hilarious. And ME TOO! Allow me to explain the fuckery. Ha! Glad you’re ok. xo, Thanks Leah! I woke up again at 6:45am. Hi all, I've brought some fresh Taro leaves, do I have to do anything special to them so I dont get the itchy throat. Sending you lots of love! As we talked to people in our private Facebook group about this, we heard from a lot of people who have lived in Hawaii for a long time who had no idea that eating taro leaves raw was so harmful. Any native islander would have told you steer clear unless you knew how to properly clean it. 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