Yuca (cassava) is one of the most ancient and beloved of our ingredients, so there is a panoply of yuca recipes and dishes to choose from.
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What is yuca?
Yuca is the starchy tuberous root of the shrub Manihot esculenta. It is also known as manioc, mandioca or Brazilian arrowroot.
Yuca is native to a region centered in west-central Brazil and brought here by the indigenous people who first populated the island of Hispaniola. Yuca was a staple of the Taino diet, and the only ingredient in casabe, a dish that we still eat.
Names in Spanish
Cassava is nearly universally known in Spanish as yuca. In some places it is known as mandioca.
Bear in mind that the name yucca in English is not the same as yuca. Yucca is an ornamental plant native of dessert areas.
Benefits of cassava
Based on the reccomeded daily allowance, cassava: 1% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 25% vitamin C. Yuca has very little fat, and 160 calories per gram.