Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Cassava or Yucca Root - Grow Your Own # 5

Cassava, yucca, Brazilian arrowroot, mandioca... So many names for a root that can be used in a variety of dishes. The most known ingredient extracted from the root of cassava is tapioca flour, tapioca starch or yucca flour. Sounds familiar? I use cassava as much as many people use potatoes. Puddings, breads, cakes, chips, deep fried, purées, dumplings, soups, etc. can be made with cassava or tapioca. Gluten-free, it can replace wheat flour and it is very used by people with wheat allergies, like coeliac disease.

This is my contribution to this month’s Grow Your Own event.

The pictures were taken from my husband's family farm. Cassava is organically grown there and right now I have some in the freezer for future recipes.

To view a recipe using tapioca, please click the picture.


Andrea said...

I have to rely on the local grocery store for my yuca flour and yuca root, so I'm a tad envious of your family connection! Thanks for another great entry for Grow Your Own! Happy New Year! :-)

Laurie Constantino said...

Very interesting Cris - I've never tasted cassava before (also never tried tapioca -- don't know why not, my mom didn't use it is probably the reason). Do you use the fresh root, or only after it has been processed into tapioca?
Also -- Happy New Year! Hope it's a good one for you!

Kelli said...

What a wonderful family farm, Cris! The cheese rolls look very similar to the ones they serve at a Churrascaria we have eaten at before. Delicious!

TBC said...

What a beautiful farm, Cris!
Tapioca is used very commonly in Kerala though I have never used it myself. I do remember my mom making a great dish using this.
Just checked out your cheese rolls... they look so perfect. Why do u have to use a non-metallic bowl?...just curious...

Kristen said...

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Susan from Food Blogga said...

Thanks for an enlightening post. I love to learn about new ingredients.

Emperatriz Mata said...

Congratulations for your beautiful blog!!!
Here in Venezuela we use a lot the yuca in some recipes like "Casabe" and "Buñuelos", and they are delicious!
You have excellent recipes and photos, and I put a link of your blog in my blog!

Thomas from USA said...

Hey Chris,
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Sincerely Yours,
Thomas Belles

Anonymous said...

My name is Rhonda Hammonds from the US. Please contact me at
My son-in-law has taken a partner in home contruction who is from Central AMerica. He and his family are wonderful. There is a bit of a language barrier that we are getting over.
His wife made a wonderful soup that had yucca root in it with beef. I am really wanting to learn how to make it; but we live 16 hours away from them. Do you have any clue? It was the best soup I have ever put in my mouth!
Thanks. Rhonda