Taro bubble tea, which is a variation of the popular tea-based beverage created in Taiwan in the 1980s, is made with taro root powder, large tapioca pearls, tea, milk and sugar. Taro, a starchy root vegetable, adds a nutty flavor to the beverage.
To make taro-flavored bubble tea at home requires a bit of patience. It can take over an hour just to cook the tapioca, also called boba, to the perfect, chewy consistency. Taro bubble tea recipes, which require 2 to 3 ounces of taro root powder, can be made with any type of tea desired. Commercially produced taro root powder, which is available through online and local retail food vendors, may contain artificial colors, sweeteners, non-dairy creamer and natural and artificial flavoring agents.