What Does Taro Taste Like? A Flavor Profile If You’ve Never Tried It

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If you’ve never had taro milk tea, then you are in for a treat. A few years back I was visiting my friend in Asia, the tea capital of the world. Her enthusiasm toward taro milk tea meant that I had to try it. She wasn’t wrong either! The soft lilac drink is not only eye-catching, it tastes amazing too. In fact, sometimes there is actually no tea present in taro milk tea! So what makes this tea so delicious? What does taro tea taste like, exactly? Keep reading below to find out more!

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What Does Taro Taste Like? A Flavor Profile If You’ve Never Tried It

What Does Taro Taste Like?

Believed to be one of the oldest crops on earth, taro is a tropically grown crop in Asia. It is believed to have grown for over 10,000 years.

It is a major dietary staple throughout Asia, and many Pacific Islands, such as Fiji, New Zealand, and Hawaii.

Taro is a root vegetable coming from the plant called Araceae. The leaves are edible too and are actually heart-shaped!

The color of taro root is dependent on where it is cultivated but it can be white, purple, or pink. The root usually is covered in brown skin, and inside has white flesh with tiny purple spots.

The texture of taro is very similar to that of the potato because it is quite starchy. Also, people eat taro as they would a potato. Taro can also be boiled, fried, roasted, or baked.

Taro Taste Comparisons

Does Taro Taste Like Sweet Potato?

When cooked, taro tastes something quite similar to that of sweet potato. Taro is like a more vanilla-flavored, floral-tasting sweet potato.

It is also dependent on the way that the taro is prepared because fried and roasted taro tastes very similar to that of sweet potato.

Does Taro Taste Like Coconut?

Flavors of foods can taste different from person to person.

For some people, taro boba resembles a mild chocolate flavor. Others can taste caramel, coconut, or vanilla.

That being said, others describe the taste of the tea as nutty, milky, creamy, or buttery.

While taro doesn’t have any coconut flavor to it, it actually pairs really well with coconut. Taro has a plain, nutty, vanilla flavor to it, which is really complimented well when paired with coconut.

Does Taro Taste Like Tea?

There isn’t much of a similar taste to normal tea from taro boba. But let me explain.

Normally, when you order a taro milk tea, there won’t be any tea present in the drink. Taro boba tea can be made with just the root mixed with milk. In this instance, there is nothing in the drink that would give it a tea flavor.

While taro milk tea has an earthy tone from the nutty flavor of the root, this flavor is quite different to the earthy tones which you find in regular tea.

However, if you order a taro milk tea with a tea base (for example, ceylon or green tea), then that will certainly explain why it tastes similar to tea.

What Is Taro Milk Tea?

As you already know, taro can be used in many dishes. In fact, it can be eaten as a dessert. Or be an ingredient for drinks. The taro root can be used to make tea, cocktails, or even a taro smoothie.

A popular way of using taro root is in dessert drinks, aka milk teas.

What Does Taro Taste Like? A Flavor Profile If You’ve Never Tried It

What Does Taro Milk Tea Taste Like?

There are many different profiles for which taro milk tea has. The main flavors are sweet, nutty, and vanilla flavored. Depending on where your taro milk tea is being made, you might get different tasting notes for each place.

Below I will run through the flavor profile of each of the strongest flavors in which people have tasted from taro milk tea.

Sweet

There are many different tasting notes to taro tea. but above all, you should know it tastes super sweet.

Many people describe it as tasting like the leftover milk from a bowl of lucky charms, white chocolate, caramel, or melted marshmallow.

Others have said it tastes like Captain Crunch or cake flavored. Cookies and cream or buttered popcorn jelly beans are other flavor profiles that have been used to describe the taro boba taste.

Nutty

The nutty flavor of taro milk tea resembles a nut that is quite fatty – similar to an enriched, earthy mix of pecan and walnut.

Vanilla

Vanilla is another strong flavor that is given off when tasting taro. The vanilla flavor makes taro perfect for making ice cream or even taro-flavored mochi.

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Why Is The Taste Of Taro Milk Tea So Familiar?

It has often been said that when people try it for the first time, they recognize the taste of taro for some reason. This may be because taro is actually sometimes used in baby food!

So, people have recognized the flavor from back when they were a toddler. This recognition almost brings a nostalgic element, which I think almost enhances the flavor.

Also, as previously mentioned, taro milk tea has more of a nutty, sweet, vanilla-like flavor. If you usually drink your tea with lots of creamer, sugar and milk, then you may find some similar tastes to tea that would come from these additions.

How Is Taro Bubble Tea Made?

If you are buying your tea from a boba shop, these shops will usually produce the drink using taro powder. You can even produce taro milk tea from home if you purchase this

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  1. Firstly, bring some water to a boil, and once it begins to bubble, reduce the heat to a medium-high level. If adding in any type of tea, such as green, it needs to be added here. This creates a different taro bubble milk tea flavor if you are up for trying it! Green tea is a great addition to taro bubble milk tea so make sure you give this a go too!
  2. After having boiled the water with the tea leaves for three to five minutes, remove it from the heat source.
  3. While the tea is still hot, add in the taro powder (2 teaspoons). Stir until all the powder has completely dissolved in the tea. This will serve as your base for the taro bubble milk tea.
  4. There are different variations of how to proceed depending on your tea preferences. For example, honey, sugar, or condensed milk can be added to sweeten the tea. Here you can also add in whatever your favorite milk is – whether it’s cows’ milk, almond, oat, or coconut, they all taste good. If you like coconut milk, make sure to give this a go – coconut milk pairs really well with taro!
  5. Finally, you can add ice cubes to cool your drink and tapioca pearls will add an extra pump of excitement to your drink! If you want to find out more on how to cook your own tapioca pearls, I have written a short recipe on how to cook tapioca pearls in our Hokkaido milk tea recipe.
What Does Taro Taste Like? A Flavor Profile If You’ve Never Tried It

Is Taro Healthy?

There are many different health benefits to consuming taro root.

Firstly, taro root is rich in fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, and potassium. The starch content and high fiber are great for controlling blood sugar levels, while decreasing the risk of heart diseases.

For those who are trying to lose weight, taro is great because it keeps people feeling fuller for longer. That being said, if you are trying to lose weight, it is recommended you order this tea without any sugar in it. This will help to decrease the calorie content.

Taro is also a great substitute for potatoes or other high-calorie carbohydrates because taro is naturally lower in calories. Taro is good for digestion and can help to improve poor digestion. Once again, it is important that if you are drinking taro milk tea for the health benefits, you should order your drink without any sugar in it.

For more information on the health benefits of taro milk tea, check out this video below!

FAQs

What Is Taro?

Taro is a root vegetable similar to that of sweet potato that has the texture of potato due to its starchiness. If fried or roasted Taro has a sweet and vanilla flavor profile, similar to that of sweet potato.

What Flavor Goes With Taro?

Taro pairs the best with coconut. If you add taro to plain flavors such as coconut yogurt (or even normal yogurt), it truly enhances the flavor. If you add taro to sweeter dishes, such as mooncakes or pudding, it helps to balance the sugar while adding texture to the dish.

What Does Taro Smell Like?

If taro has been fried or roasted, it smells very similar to that of sweet potato or parsnip. Boiled or mashed taro root is more similar to normal potato prepared in the same way.

Does Taro Have Caffeine?

Fresh taro does not naturally contain caffeine. Unless your order contains a real type of tea such as black or green tea, the caffeine content of taro milk tea is nonexistent.

What Does Taro Taste Like – Explained!

If you haven’t tried taro milk tea already, hopefully, this description will have compelled you to try this delicious tea! This deliciously nutty, sweet, vanilla-flavored boba is such a treat. And thanks to the (nearly nonexistent) caffeine levels, can be enjoyed at any stage of the day!

Let me know what you think of this tasty drink in the comments, or if you’ve any other additions to the tea I’ve missed out on, I want to hear about it!

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Hey, I’m Anna; writer, editor and amateur cook extraordinaire! Food has been my life and my passion for the most of my life – it’s crazy to think I didn’t pursue a career in cooking. I’m obsessed! However, keeping cooking as an obsessive hobby has worked for me – my passion grows as the years pass by – maybe I wouldn’t say the same if it was also my day job! I hope you find cooking inspiration, entertainment and “stop and think interesting tid-bits” throughout my writing – and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got anything you want to share. Food feeds the soul – so get eating!

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