"Gabi" or taro leaves: Wrong handling makes it itchy!

Philippines
March 15, 2010 8:49pm CST
What is in the "gabi" or taro leaves that makes it itchy when you handle or cook it wrong? My family were talking about it over breakfast. My mom is a great cook and she makes delicious "laing" (taro leaves cooked in coconut milk) and she definitely knows how to handle these leaves right. I guess it just made me wonder what is in this plant that makes it itchy when handled improperly. I really don't know. Anybody here has any ideas?
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@laydee (12818)
• Philippines
16 Mar 10
It's not about the 'handling' but more on the variety of the plant used. There are people who knows exactly how to determine such which is why it's better for us to buy in markets rather than picking them up or planting them.
• Philippines
16 Mar 10
thanks laydee... I see... but it seems that even if you buy it in the market or even the grocery stores cooks seem to take precautions on cooking it like not stirring it too much...