All about cassava > Cassava is the origin of tapioca
a corruption of the Tupu-Guarani word Tipi'og, which became Typioca
Brazil and tropical America; it is also found in Guyana and certain Caribbean islands
- 360 calories per 100 g
- low in vitamins and minerals
- easily digestible
it's a starch, and therefore used to thicken liquids just like authentic arrowroot - excellent for sauces, etc.
Tapioca takes the form of uneven hard white grains that are partially water-soluble. The rhizome from which it comes contains a very dangerous juice, of which the poison is naturally eliminated during the washing and drying process. It is sold as small, medium or large grains.
In Brazil, tapioca is given to invalids as a nutrtional supplement
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