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Taioba, nice to meet you!

Posted in 18 March 2014

Amongst the most typical plants in South America, specially Brazil, is the taioba. We can find it in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico too. It has culinary uses in the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Espíritu Santo.

The taioba is easily found in gardens, it has a decorative use, Ii’s leaves are similar to the anthurium but bigger and darker. Very few people know about it’s nutrition. It contains protein, fibers and minerals, iron, potassium, calcium and manganese. It’s leaves are rich in vitamin C. It can and should be part of our menu.

To easily prepare it, tear up the leaves and remove the center. Braise and add a bit of vinegar. Here’s a nice recipe:



500 grams of Taioba

100 grams butter

1 onion

2 tbsp chopped pine nuts (or cashew nuts)

2 tbsp shredded cheese

4 tbsp cream

Salt and pepper


Melt half of the butter in a frying pan, add the pine nuts and stir until a bit toasted. Add the onions and let soften, then add the taioba, season and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the cheese, the rest of the butter and the cream.

Serve hot with white rice.