Cocoyam is an aroid because it is grown mainly for its edible corms.
Cocoyam possesses high nutritional values when compared with others like cassava and yam, with substantial vitamins, minerals and proteinous contents.
As a relatively known staple crop in developing countries, it can serve as a weaning food and its own leaves are sometimes used as vegetable for cooking. They are free from gluten. They feature high-quality phyto-nutrition profile comprising of dietary fibre, and antioxidants in addition to moderate proportions of minerals, and vitamins.