Hahahahaha. Ya, should have listened to the local hikers. Everyone here knows that. Silly guy. But they arent wild taro. We do have real wild taro here, which is edible. Not to be confused.
There are good machetes here. Also lots of shit ones. If youre going straight edge they make a wonderful i have used for years and swear by them. Made from old truck leaf springs. Tell the shop that and “used by aboriginals to slit wild pig throats”. They are pretty much thebmost sturdy useful mahete you can buy. Goes by inch, 9 is useless 15 is bulky. 12 inch is awesome for mountain and farm work and fairly cheap. About 900 to 1300 depending on where you live.
You can go banana knife style too. But harder to sheath and hike. And sharpen. Throat slitter is the all around work horse. Dont let anyone tell you otherwise.
The only issue is if you are bending it lots they will stress and break. But the others break far quicker under same workload.
You can clear an acre of those aroid bastards in a few hours easy with these things. Can also slap down a good 4" thick shrub. Great knives