Taro balls are a versatile Taiwanese dessert. These starchy spheres are derived from a root vegetable and have a slightly sticky texture. In most Asian desserts, they are served alongside sweet potato balls.
Derived from the taro root, these delicious treats are gaining popularity worldwide. Somewhat sweet with a hint of nutty and earthy flavors, they are a lovely dessert on their own or used as a topping in various bubble tea flavors.Print
What Do Taro Balls Taste Like?
Sometimes called the purple sweet potato, this delicious dessert has a starchy, nutty flavor that is slightly sweet. Many people describe taro as having a similar taste to a sweet potato or yam, which is why they pair so well together. Taro balls have a slightly sticky texture and are somewhat soft and chewy.
You can not eat raw taro; it is inedible and toxic. High levels of calcium oxalate can cause mouth irritation and kidney stones. Thoroughly cooking this vegetable is crucial.
While taro bubble tea and taro balls are commonly purple, they can range in color from whitish-gray to pink or purple.
Does This Taro Balls Recipe Have Any Health Benefits?
When compared to other starchy vegetables, taro is much healthier. Taro has many notable health benefits, including the following:
- Taro has twice the amount of fiber per cup as potatoes.
- It has high amounts of potassium, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B-6, C, and E.
- This starch contains amino acids and omega-3 fats, which benefit your heart.
- Taro can improve digestion, lower blood sugar levels, improve vision, prevent certain cancers, help prevent heart disease, improve circulation, improve skin appearance, and much more.
Overall, taro is not only delicious but very nutritious as well. Remember that these health benefits will be overshadowed if you add taro balls to a sugary bubble tea.
Taro Balls vs. Tapioca Pearls
While they are both made from starch and cooked similarly, these two ingredients have very different flavor profiles and backgrounds.
|Taro Balls||Tapioca Pearls|
|From the taro root||From the cassava root|
|Sweet, nutty flavor||Tasteless unless soaked in sugar syrup|
|Sticky texture||Gelatinous, chewy texture|
|Gray, purple, or pink color||White, brown, or black color|
How Do You Store Cooked Taro Balls?
Taro balls taste best right after they are cooked. However, if you want to make them ahead, stop after step #4 in the above recipe. After rolling them out and tossing them in flour, arrange them in a single layer in a Ziploc bag and freeze them horizontally to prevent them from sticking together. You can store them for up to 3 months frozen.
When you are ready to cook them, take as many as you need out of the bag and boil them until they float. With fresh taro balls, it usually takes about five minutes. Frozen taro balls will likely take upwards of ten minutes.
6 Ways to Eat Taro Balls
My favorite way to enjoy Taiwanese taro balls is in boba drinks; however, you can use them in many ways, including the following:
- As an ice cream topping
- In Coconut Milk
- With grass jelly, boba pearls, and cream
- With tang yuan in a brown sugar and ginger broth
- With sweet potato balls and sweet red beans topped with ginger syrup
- In red bean soup