Cassava, scientifically known as Manihot esculenta, is a tropical root vegetable that is a staple food in many parts of the world, especially in Africa, South America, and Asia. It is also known by other names, such as yuca,manioc or tapioca.
Cassava is a woody shrub with tuberous roots that can grow to be several feet long. The plant has palmate leaves and a fleshy, starchy root.
Cassava is an important source of carbohydrates in many countries, serving as a staple food similar to how potatoes are used in other parts of the world. It is a reliable source of sustenance in regions with challenging growing conditions.
The starchy root of the cassava plant can be prepared in various ways, such as boiling, frying, or baking. It can be used to make dishes like cassava fries, cassava bread, and cassava-based porridge.Cassava is a hardy crop that can thrive in a variety of soil conditions, making it an important food security crop in many regions. It is typically grown from stem cuttings and can be harvested within 8-18 months after planting.
In addition to its use as a food source, cassava is used in the production of various products, including cassava flour, tapioca pearls, and industrial starch. These products have a wide range of culinary and industrial applications.
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