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10 Facts You Didn't Know About Cassava

10 Facts You Didn't Know About Cassava

What is Cassava?

Cassava root is the main ingredient for our delicious plant-based snacks! Native to South America, cassava is a starchy root vegetable that resembles a sweet potato with a nutty flavor. It may also be referred to as yuca, manioc, or Brazilian arrowroot in the United States.

The cassava root is extremely versatile. It can be eaten whole, grated or ground into flour to make bread and crackers, such as the case with our cassava flour snacks. Read ahead to learn ten facts you didn’t know about our base ingredient of choice, cassava!

10 Facts You Might Not Have Known

1. Cassava is an Extremely Durable Crop

It can grow in poor soil or drought conditions. Because of this, it is typically grown in tropical regions. Cassava is even naturally resistant to pests and plant disease.

2. Cassava Must be Peeled and Cooked Properly Before it is Eaten

Cassava skin can be poisonous only if eaten raw due to the high level of cyanide in the outer skin. Of course, we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure all of our delicious Plant Snacks are completely safe!

3. Cassava is Gluten-Free, Grain-Free and Nut-Free

This makes it a great alternative for those with allergies or intolerances to traditional snack bases. Tapioca flour and cassava flour are both made from cassava root, and are alternatives to traditional flour.

4. Its Leaves Are Edible

The large, green leaves of a cassava plant are edible. The tuber, which is grown underground, is most commonly eaten.

5. Look at Its Insides

To see if your cassava root is still good, cut off the ends and take a look at the inside. A spoilt cassava will be black inside, while one that is safe to eat will be white.

6. The Cassava Bush Can Grow Nine Feet

While the tuber grows underground, cassava grows as a shrub that can reach nine feet in height. The bush also flowers, of which are red and orange in color.

7. It Makes a Yummy Pie!

Cassava pie is a traditional sweet and rich dessert in Bermuda that is served during Christmas time.

8. China and Brazil Manufacture Cassava-Based Biofuel

The root can be used in the production of ethanol, a key ingredient for biofuel

9. Cassava Root is Used in Bubble Tea

Tapioca flour is combined with water and forced through a sieve to form the pearls found at the bottom of your tea.

10. Fermented Cassava is Used to Make Sweets and Desserts

It’s commonly used in Indonesia and called ‘tape.’

Learn more about how cassava root is used in our products and its nutritional benefits, or find a store that sells Plant Snacks near you!

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