What the heck is Yuca?

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We chose Yuca for challenge Gamecca Champerry… but what is it? And how do you spell it?

Cassava root, a.k.a. Yuca

Cassava is a woody shrub. Its roots are very starchy and carb-filled; they are often called yuca, mogo or manioc. This tuber is a staple of diets in the tropics, frequently in South America, Africa and Asia. Tapioca is the flour made from cassava root.

Cassava root can be prepared a variety of ways, most often as a substitute for potatoes. Check out some usage suggestions!

Where can you find it? I hoped it would be available in my local supermarket. I scoured the vegetable section near the potatoes, radishes, carrots, and more… to no avail. Fortunately, I eventually did find it near the bananas… I guess it can be grouped to some extent with plantains. If it’s not in your local Shop Rite, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Winn-Dixie or Piggly Wiggly, you probably could check out an Asian or African market. If you can’t find it, I’d suggest to replace with tapioca or potatoes.

I’ve settled on spelling this root vegetable Yuca instead of Yucca, but if you know better, just let me know.

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