What does poi taste like

What Does Poi Taste Like? Purple and Sweet!

You can find plenty of Poi in Hawaii, which is native and a portion of staple Hawaiian food. You can get poi from taro roots widely available across different cultures in the world. Choosing your favorite poi can be confusing because it makes desserts similar to Hawaii poi. You can identify Hawaii poi through its purple color. Moreover, you can make your own poi comfortably at home or buy them from poi outlets near you. 

What does poi taste like?

Do you have any idea how poi taste like? What does poi taste like? You can have poi flavor variations as you like; those made traditionally at home has a fresh and sweet flavor. It may depend on the taro variety you have in your backyard garden or in your homestead. Interestingly, you can choose the type of taste or flavor for your poi. You can do this by tasting taro root itself.

Taro root determines what flavor your poi will have and it gives you a hint how your poi will taste like later on when ready. There is less difference between the taste of taro root used and that of poi you are making. Taro roots are purple and sometimes purple with specks of white color. You already know the color of taro but this can change depending on the shades. 

So, what does taro root taste like? Taro has a starchy taste and flavors which makes it possible to predict whether your will have starchy flavor or otherwise. I know you have eaten white or sweet potatoes before, poi has similar taste and flavor to these rooty food, but taro has more fiber content than the former. Fresh poi tastes sweet compared to fermented which tastes sour and its sourness depends on the duration of fermentation, and if recommended number of days to ferment exceeds, it turns out to be acidic.  

How to make poi

Poi is a native Hawaiian food, but today you can find it anywhere around the globe, unlike in the past, many people in the west have started consuming poi and they love its taste. And that’s why you can’t go far to fetch your poi, just within your neighborhood. You can have poi mixture in plenty while in Hawaii because they sell cheap and readily available.

You know the taste of poi and its flavors, how irresistable are they that you can crave for it. You know how tasty poi is if you have had a chance to eat commercially made options or the homemade ones. It’s delecious and irresistible when you taste some. I dare you to try this finger-licking delicacy one of these find days if you have no clue what this cravy poi taste like. Do you know what’s cool about poi? You can prepare yours at home if you have all the ingredients.

Commercially, manufacturers process poi and package them into different sizes. Processed versions of poi cannot compare with freshly traditional poi you make at home. 

For you to make poi, select the taro roots to use, cook them, and mash the taro roots appropriately. Now you can choose how to create the poi you like depending on the texture and consistency, add water or no water after smashing. 

 You will notice that poi with no water has a starchy flavor, while the poi made with water after mashing the taro roots is watery. Classify your poi into one-finger, two-finger or three-finger considering the number of fingers you need to scoop to make a mouthful of poi.

So what does poi taste like when you eat immediately? Does it taste sweet? 

Another way to make tasty poi is to ferment your mashed taro roots. Add water on top, and decide the number of days you want it to ferment. Don’t let it over ferment because if it does, it becomes sourer or even gets too acidic. The water you add prevents your poi becoming too substantial. 

Benefits of Poi 

  • Taro roots contain a lot of fiber and it has essential nutrients for our bodies. Furthermore, taro roots contain minerals, including potassium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, magnesium, and vitamins E and C. If you decide taro roots, it has health benefits such as controlling your blood sugar level and the fiber itself is resistant to absorption hence when you consume significant amounts, starch intake reduces in your body. Fiber reduces the chances of getting heart diseases for your information and poi or taro roots have plenty of it. 
  • Eating taro roots reduces cancer risks; taro roots contain polyphenols, which slows the growth of cancerous cells in your body; it also contains antioxidants that protect the body by damaging free radical cells, which may cause cancer.
  • Eating taro roots helps people reduce weight. The fiber content that slows digestion leads to reduced calories in our bodies by reducing the number of times individuals consume daily.
  • Your body will not digest or absorb resistant starch and fiber present in taro roots, which becomes food in the gut for microbes, because they remain in the intestines, it also promotes the growth of “good” bacteria.


You now have a rough idea about poi, so, what does poi taste like? It tastes sweet when fresh. And how do you make it this delicious poi, and is it healthy for our bodies? Eating poi adds useful nutrients to our bodies and it contains antioxidants, helpful in managing free radical cells, that have the potential to cause cancer.

You can buy poi from grocery stores, or you can easily make yours at home more efficiently and effortlessly because it has a simple recipe and a simple method. 

You can also have poi in different types depending on the mashed taro roots’ consistency and texture; mashed taro roots can be eaten immediately after making it to have its fresh sweet taste. You can also ferment mashed taro roots for a sour taste; during fermentation, add water to keep your poi from becoming too substantial.

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