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Technical Name : Manihot esculenta


Taste Profile

It is sweet and starchy in taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Tapioca can be boiled, stir-fried or cooked with spices.
  2. It can also be used to make tapioca pudding or a sweet candy.
  3. It can is also served as a snack or side dish.


It is a starchy tuberous root obtained from cassava root that belongs to Euphorbiaceae family. It is elongated and is brown in color and has white flesh. It is gluten free and is available as a vegetable and also in various other forms like dried, flakes, sticks, and pearls.

Health benefits

  • It helps to gain weight as healthy choice for those who have suffered any illness, injury or surgery.(1)
  • It contains iron that helps in growth of red blood cells in the body.(1)
  • It helps to regulate blood pressure levels in the body.(1)
  • It also helps in healing wounds and boosts energy.(1)
  • It contains vitamin B complex that reduces the risk of neural tube defects in infants.(1)
  • It is rich in dietary fiber that helps to treat constipation, intestinal pain and bloating.(1)
  • It is a good source of protein that promotes muscle development.(1)
  • It contains good amount of calcium and minerals that improves bone mineral density.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose tapioca roots that are firm and have no blemishes.


Tapioca can be toxic only if it is not prepared properly. It also produces cyanide that is poisonous to human health. Make sure cyanide is removed during processing.(2)

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