Sweet Taro – Taimo no Dengaku

Taanmu, taro, is in season in Okinawa right now. If you go to the refrigerated section at a farmers’ markets, you will most likely find this unique, grey and light purplish taro. This taro is grown in paddy fields instead of regular farming fields, and it is typically sold already steamed. As with normal taro, the young taros grow from a parent rootstock and, because of this, they are a symbol of fertility used in weddings and other special events in Okinawa.


Taros are usually sold pre-steamed at farmers’ markets.

(Serves 4 people)

• 2 steamed taros

• ¼ cup sugar

• 2 tbs sweet sake

• 1 tbs awamori

• Pinch of salt

• 1 tbs soy sauce

• 1 cup water

Simmer the cubed taros first 10 minutes in plain water before adding other ingredients.


1. Peel off the skin and cut the taros into half-inch cubes.

2. Place the taro cubes and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Add sugar, sweet sake, awamori, and salt then let simmer another 5 minutes.


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18:07 28 Feb , 2024