Cassava also is known as yuca, manioc, Brazilia arrowroot, Manihot or tapioca depending on which part of the world you reside in. It is a shrub that is native to the South American regions. It belongs to the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. It grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Cassava is cultivated for its starchy tubers. After rice and maize, it is the third most consumed source of starch worldwide where it is a staple food in many developing countries. Cassava especially the bitter varieties contain some amounts of cyanide and therefore it is essential it is properly cooked to avoid accidental intoxication.
The shrub bears an edible root which grows about 5 to 10 centimeters in diameter and 15 to 30 centimeters long. The flesh is usually cream, white or yellowish. It is a perennial plant that does well in moist, well-drained soil that should be fertile
Currently, the largest producers of cassava in the world are Nigeria, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo respectively.
Cassava is available in markets all year around. When purchasing they should be firm when pressed. They should also feel heavy in hand. They should not have any bruises, mold, and signs of rotting. The flesh would appear bright and shiny.
Old and withered roots and/or stalks should be avoided because they lose taste after a while. The tubers can be stored for about 5 to 7 days at room temperature. Once cut they should be placed in cold water just like potatoes or apples. They should be stored in a refrigerator where they can keep for no more than three days.
How to Cassava for Consumption
Because of cyanide compounds, cassava should always be eaten peeled and cooked. Start by thoroughly washing the roots to remove soil and dirt and any insect residues. Using a paring knife, peel the outer skin and remain with the white flesh inner flesh. Thoroughly wash the peeled tubers once again.
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A popular dish in Nigeria and Ghana that is known as Fufu (polenta) is made from cassava flour and yams.
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The tubers are a rich source of vitamin C and a good source of Potassium. It is also a go to source for Magnesium, Phosphorus and Zinc.