Bac Ha: Vegetable SuperstarWith the massive universe of vegetables now available in most communities, it's time to venture outside of your food galaxy and do some interstellar travel. Set aside the staid vegetables of your mother's cupboards and live a little! Variety, as they say, is the spice of life.
Enter the fleshy vegetable known as bạc hà in southern Vietnam, also known as "dọc mùng"in northern Vietnam, "taro stem," "to-ran" (Korean), "giant elephant ear," "Colocasia gigantea," "Indian Taro," and "hasu-imo" in Japan. (Note: In northern Vietnam, bạc hà refers to a minty herb).
Read on for selection, storage, and recipe ideas!