28 May, 2020 | Ernest Atta Adjei
How To Make Delicious Taro Smoothie From Scratch [Updated 2020]
Southeast Asia and South India have always added taro roots as part of their diet, and it dates back as long as 5,000 B.C. Today, it’s a primary source of food in Africa, Southeast Asia, China, the Caribbean, the Polynesian islands, and India. Making taro smoothie has become so common that people have invented their style of making the smoothie.
Making smoothie from scratch requires that you use the taro root. So let’s find out more about the taro root.
The digestion of the taro root is simple and comes with many health benefits. But, never eat the taro root in its raw state! Even though it comes with many health advantages, eating the taro root in its uncooked state is highly toxic.
The root is purple, but it can also come in pink or white, and comes with different names depending on where you are: Eddo, Dasheen, and Kalo. By the way, did you know the taro root is the theme for the annual food festival in Hawaii?
The Interesting Hawaiian History Of Taro Root And How Taro Smoothie Became Staple
From the mythology in Hawaii, Wakea, the father of the sky, and the charming goddess, Ho’ohokukalani, the one who created the stars, wanted to have a child. The first baby they had was a stillbirth, so they buried the child in the eastern part of the house. According to the story, the child grew into a taro plant. So they named it Haloanaka, which means long stalk trembling.
They tried having a baby for the second time and had a baby boy. They named him Haloa, from which came the Hawaiian people. So from the mythology, the Hawaiians are literally associated with taro. That’s why the taro root is fundamental in the Hawaiian culture.
Whether the story is true or not, the taro smoothie has become so popular in many countries that it’s impossible to go without the smoothie each day. Now, let’s find out how you can make the smoothie from scratch.
Let’s get into it.
How To Make A Homemade Taro Smoothie From Scratch
Making the smoothie is quite simple, and you can make it with few ingredients. Some people call it taro slush or taro boba tea in Los Angeles (if you add boba to it). Others call it taro bubble tea or taro milk tea in L.A. if it’s in a liquefied form rather than being a shake. We’ll explain all the processes so that you can taste the sweet flavors of each.
There are several ways to make the smoothie. We’ll quickly go through some of them to give you several options to choose from. We’ll start by making the smoothie from scratch.
Let’s get into it.
Making Taro Smoothie From Fresh Taro Root
Ingredients For Making Smoothie
- Fresh taro roots
- 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons of organic cane sugar
- ¼ cup of milk (cold)
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- ½ tablespoon of non-dairy creamer
- 2 or 3 spoons of boba (you can adjust to your taste)
- Whipped cream.
If you’ve never tasted taro root before, it has the texture of sweet potato, but it doesn’t taste like sweet potato. It tastes delicious, but not like sweet potato. If you’ve been to bubble tea shops in Los Angeles and had taro drinks, it was probably powdered taro. The powdered taro gives artificial flavor taste and purple color.
The making of a delicious taro smoothie from fresh taro roots involves several steps. For the benefit of simplicity and brevity, these steps have been broken down into four main points. One of the main things you’ll need to focus on is the blend of milk and your taro root. It’s normal to decide to have some fun in your kitchen by having some experiments with the different ingredients by using some variations of taro recipes.
However, you need to know the basic principles that ensure an all-round excellent tasting smoothie. Though there are no complex mechanisms involved, you need to pay attention to the following steps and take them as indicated below.
Step 1: Cut The Taro Root Into Cubes
Get a fresh taro root and slice them into a one-inch cube. You only need an inch cube to make a smoothie. Here’s how to do it. Trim off the outer layer of the sliced taro root and cut it into approximately one inch (you can aim for one inch, but it doesn’t have to be exact).
Step 2: Boil the Inch Cubes Of The Taro Root
Rinse the sliced inch cubed taro roots and boil them for about 15 to 20 minutes until it becomes soft. If you want to check if it’s done, use a pointy object like a chopstick to remove the taro roots. If it’s soft, it will go through it quickly.
When they are soft, remove and let it cool down before taking the next step. If you’re in a hurry, you can put the taro roots into a bag of ice water or refrigerator.
Step 3: Blend The Smoothie
Add the now cold taro roots to the smoothie mixer, and add 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons of cane sugar. You can adjust according to your preference. Then add ¼ cut of clean water and a quarter of a cold cup of milk. Lastly, add one cup of ice cubes and a half tablespoon of non-dairy creamer to the smoothie mixer. Then you mix away!
Step 4: Add Boba To Your Taro Smoothie Mixture
You can enjoy the smoothie mixture by just adding the whipped cream without the boba. However, if you want to make a taro bubble tea, add two or three scoops (depending on your choice) of boba to a glass, add your smoothie mixture, and put the whipped cream on top. Then enjoy!
How To Make Taro Smoothie Using A Taro Powder
Making a smoothie with a taro powder is easy. You can make it in just a few minutes. You’ll need the following:
- Taro powder
- Condensed milk
Here’s how to make the smoothie with taro powder:
Put the milk, ice, taro powder, and the condensed milk into a blender. Blend for 20 to 30 seconds, when it has become smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass and add more powder if you want more flavor. It’s that simple.
How To Make Taro Milk Tea
- Taro powder
- Non-dairy creamer
There are several ways of making the taro milk tea in Los Angeles, but this method is the most cost-effective, just like the taro bubble tea explained above.
Add three tablespoons of taro powder, three tablespoons of non-dairy creamer, a half cup of ice, and two tablespoons of cane sugar. Blend all the ingredients until it becomes a smooth mixture, usually about 20-30 seconds. Pour the smoothie in a bubble teacup and add a half cup of ice on the mix.
There are a lot of nutritional values that come from drinking taro smoothies. The taro root contains vitamin C, B, and E, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. It also includes three times more dietary fiber than potatoes. That’s why we recommend that you use taro roots to make your delicious smoothie.
Use the recipes and guidelines outlined in this guide to make your delicious smoothie. You can only adjust the ingredients to make your special recipe at home. But be careful not to take the taro roots in its raw state. It’s highly toxic and can cause a lot of medical problems. Always make sure it is correctly cooked before you use it for the smoothie.
Thank you for reading!
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You can also head to 7275 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90046 if you’re close by. If you ever feel like ordering a delicious taro smoothie, coffee, or boba tea, just contact us!