Do not be put off by the tough exterior of this tropical root also known as yuca. The taste of these fiber-rich tubers is similar to potato, and a bit nutty. The brown layer of wax is used to protect during the trip and if you remove it, you have a healthy , gluten-free vegetable! You can make chips or fries with them that contain fewer calories than standard fries. In cubes or slices it is a surprising and nutritious addition to stir-fries , soups or stews. Give them a try!

What is cassava?

This delicious carrot from the tropics looks like a potato on the inside, but it’s slightly firmer. It is also known as yuka, yuca or tapioca. It can grow almost anywhere and is, therefore, a crop that is used to counteract the world hunger. The flavor resembles that of the potato, but a little more nutty. You can easily make cassavachips or fries!

Cooking with yuca

To prepare, the skin and layer of wax must be removed. This can be done with a potato peeler or cheese slicer, because the skin is quite firm. You can now cook it, braise it or fry it. If you are going to stir-fry it, remove the woody core, it can stay a little tough.

It is really nice to stir-fry with some ginger and garlic. You can grate it in the oven as a side dish or make cassavafries. If you really want to go the extra mile, make Bojo; a traditional Creole cassavacake with grated coconut, sugar, egg and currants.

Is cassava healthy?

It is naturally gluten-free and very rich in fiber. You get less hungry after eating a cassava than after eating a potato for example. It does not stand out in vitamins or minerals, but has almost everything in it (vitamin C, B1 and 6, potassium). It is recommended in the diet of people with irritable bowels and it is also good to eat if you want to lower your cholesterol.

Storage:

Cassava discolours quickly when cut, so keep it whole in the fridge and use within a couple of days. Once peeled, cover it with acidulated water until ready to use. To freeze cassava, peel, cut into chunks, and freeze. Uncut you can preserve it for ten days easily.

In The Netherlands you can buy Belicious cassava at supermarkets and exotic groceries.

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Vegetable Fibers Healthy Stir-fry Chips Belicious
Per 100 grams
Calories

141

Fats

0,25g

Carbohydrates

33,53g

Protein

1,2g