What is Taro?
Taro (pronounced”tah-row”) is a plant that grows in the ground that is derived from the Colocasia Esculenta. It is known by many names, including dasheen, eddo, and Kalo. Although it’s renowned for its purple color, it’s also available in pink or white. The main ingredient in taro milk tea.
In fact, the trend of purple is taking off. When Starbucks introduced their first color, the purple “Unicorn Frappe” to the general public the drink quickly became popular and was eventually quickly sold out. But in the realm of tea bubbles, the most popular purple beverage has always been Taro Milk Tea.
The edible root is indigenous in Southeast Asia and India, however, it has become an integral ingredient across the globe, including China, Africa, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. In 100 B.C. the cultivation of taro had already begun in China and Egypt. The pale lavender-colored plant is now a common ingredient that is so adaptable that it can be cooked and mashed, boil or baked, and then roasted.
Taro Root History
The root of taro has a fascinating and extensive history, especially when it comes to Hawaiian culture. It is said that in Hawaiian folklore, it’s claimed that taro played an important part in the creation of humanity. It’s not clear if this is true the fact is that taro is now an international flavor that is used throughout the globe.
While it’s toxic in its natural form, the vegetable has numerous health advantages and, at one time, was used as a form of treatment. It is brimming with potassium, fiber iron, vitamins, and minerals. Taro is well-known for its ability to improve digestion, vision blood circulation, and immune system. It reduces blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels. It can even help prevent heart disease.
Perhaps it’s the captivating violet hue or its distinctive sweet and nutty flavor however, the taro root has certainly become one of the most sought-after ingredients. It’s not just that this plant has potato-like characteristics, such as its texture, starch, and the ability to cook with it the taro root is also utilized to make bubbly milk tea.
Taro Milk Tea FAQ
Are taro bubble teas caffeinated?
Fresh taro doesn’t necessarily contain any caffeine. Therefore, unless your beverage contains a real kind of tea such as black or green tea, added to it, the taro milk tea caffeine content is not present.
What is the taro bubble tea composed of?
It is also known as taro tea. It is made from tapioca pearls and jasmine tea. It’s known as Xiang Yu Nai Cha (Xiang yu naicha) in Chinese which means “Taro Milk Tea”. The ground root that is pureed serves as a thickener to the beverages and also adds soft sweetness.
What is the flavor of taro milk tea?
The Taro Milk Tea is usually a boba tea that has a flavor of Taro (whether that’s extracted or made from scratch). Taro is sweet with a vanilla-like flavor that is like sweet potato.
Taro Milk Tea Recipes
There are many methods to make delicious Taro milk tea. Sometimes it doesn’t require “tea”. When it comes to making the perfect taro beverage it is important to remember that the main focus is on the combination of milk and taro. We wanted to have some enjoyment in our kitchen by trying out different recipes made with taro, (you could also make use of Taro Powder or Taro Premium Powder), sweet diced taro, and natural-tasting uncooked cane sugar.
While certain recipes employ an older method of preparation while others incorporate different flavors to further make the nutty and floral flavors of the taro. We didn’t use any other toppings in our recipes. However, should you want layers of flavor, texture, and fun, consider adding some Tapioca Pearls (or other toppings you prefer) to the top of the taro milk tea?
Simple Taro Milk Tea
This isn’t just the most simple recipe to make Taro Milk Tea, it’s also the most affordable. This traditional taro beverage gives an intense purple hue and also is able to balance the flavors of sugar, taro, and cream.
Blend in a blender 3 tablespoons of taro powder, 3 tablespoons of non-dairy creamer, 2 teaspoons of raw sugar, and 1 1/4 cup of water. Blend all of these ingredients to make a smooth mixture. In the plastic cup of bubble tea put in half a cup of the ice and then pour the blended drinks of taro.
Taro Milk Tea With Whole Milk
The method can be compared to the original recipe, however rather than using dairy-free creamers and water it uses whole milk in place. This taro blend has the appearance of a lighter lavender and the drink itself is more creamy and smooth than traditional milk tea.
In a blender, mix 3 tablespoons of taro powder, 2 tablespoons of raw sugar along 1 1/2 cups of milk. Blend to make a smooth mixture. In a separate cup add 1/2 cup of ice and mix the Taro drink.
Taro Milk Tea With Black Tea
Although certain recipes for taro milk tea do not contain tea leaves, they are several that call for black tea. This enhances the taro’s flavor but without overwhelming. This is a great option for those who like an equilibrium between black tea and taro. The mix produces a more light flavor of taro and is less creamy in comparison to the other two recipes.
However, the darker violet hues are considered to be more sophisticated and sophisticated. You’ll need an already hot cup of black tea to go, which is why you should make use of your preferred method of making tea either making use of the Tea Espresso Machine or by using an existing batch.
With a shaker, mix 3 tablespoons of taro powder, 3 tbsp non-dairy creamer, 2 tablespoons of raw cane sugar as well as 1 1/4 cup freshly prepared warm black tea. Mix these ingredients until the mix is smooth. Add half a cup of frozen ice shaker, to mix it until your milk tea has cooled. In a separate cup place additional ice (if required) and mix the drink of taro.
Authentic Taro Milk Tea
For those who prefer authentic taro as milk tea, this is the one to choose. The sweetness inherent in Taro should give enough flavor however honey can be added for a taste for those looking for more sweetness. You could even make vegan versions by substituting whole milk with other nut milk, like cashew, almond, or coconut milk.
Although this recipe has a slightly pink color, however, the flavor doesn’t get diluted even a bit. You can simply add a few drops of the taro powder to get an edgier purple color. This recipe is expensive, but for those looking for an authentic taro flavor is worth the additional cost.
In a blender, mix half one teaspoon of sweet taro chunks with one and a half cups milk. Blend the ingredients to make a smooth mixture. In a glass, place half a cup of ice and then pour the mixture in.
Taro Milk Tea With Coconut
There’s no doubt how coconut and taro go well. This is why this taro milk tea recipe is one we love. This method gives a beautiful pink hue and, although each flavor is distinct they complement each one. The taro dices provide an authentic floral scent with a rich and starchy texture. Meanwhile, the coconut adds a silky and exotic taste to the beverage.
Blend in a blender two tablespoons of coconut flour and half a cup sweet chunks of taro from a Taro Can, and 1 1/4 cup of milk. Blend the ingredients to make a smooth mixture. In a cup, add half a cup of ice and then pour in the blended coconut and taro drink.
Taro milk tea recipes are fun to experiment with and can be combined with other fresh ingredients for a refreshing, yummy drink.
Now that you know how to make taro milk tea at home, there are so many ways to enjoy this delicious drink. You could try adding mandarin oranges, lychee fruit, or lime juice to enhance the flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding fruit slices like watermelon or strawberries- just remember not to overdo it!