Cassava, Tapioca, Manioc, Mandioc, Yuca
Botanically it is called Manihot esculenta, a member of the flowering plant family Euphorbiacea from the American tropics. It is usually grown throughout the tropical world for its tuberous roots from which cassava flour, breads, tapioca, a laundry starch and even an alcoholic beverage are derived. Cassava first originated at Yucatan and later was introduced in other parts of the world. A cyanide producing sugar derivative is also found in the roots in most varieties. Primitive peoples developed a complex refining system to remove the poison by grating, pressing and heating the tubers.
It is a perennial with conspicuous, almost fanshaped leaves (like castor bean) but more deeply parted into 5 to 9 lobes. The fleshy roots are reminiscent of dahlia tubers. Ceara rubber is produced from a specie called Manihot glaziovil in Brazil. Food items such as the glatinous fufu of West Africa and the baumi mush of Jamaica come from cassava. Additional cassava products include an alcoholic huverage made by Indians in South America. The powdery cassabe cakes of Yucatan and tapioca are the only cassava products available in Northern markets.
Benefit and uses of Cassava, Tapioca.
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