Cassava (yuca, manioc) tuber, edible
What is it? This is the starchy edible root of a plant called cassava, manioc, mandioca or yuca. The cassava plant gives one of the highest yields of food energy per cultivated area per day of all crop plants, in the world. There are two main types of cassava, a bitter and a sweet one.
Where does it come from? We think that wild cassava originally came from the Amazon region, probably Brazil, but it has been grown for food for at least 7000 years and is now grown and harvested throughout the world’s tropical regions.
What is it used for? Cassava is the staple diet of millions of rainforest people. It can be cooked in lots of different ways. Once it has been peeled, it is usually either fried or boiled directly as a vegetable or grated and dried to make a sort of flour. South American rainforest people also use it to make chicha beer.