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CASSAVA (Manihot esculenta) Yuca


2017 UPDATE: Propagative cuttings still In Stock!

USES: Food, Ornamental

NOT THE BITTER TYPE. Choice cultivar from Cuban bodega owner, who has been growing it for special occasions, in Tampa, for decades. Cassava is native to the tropical areas of the Americas. It’s widely grown all over Latin America and the Caribbean. It has always been an essential root vegetable in the Caribbean diet. It’s the most widely cultivated tropical root crop in the world. It’s been around, since before Columbus’s arrival, as a staple food of the Taino, Carib, and Arawak population, especially in the form of cassava bread. A 1554 Spanish historical account describes a ceremony in which a native shaman blessed cassava bread and then divided it among the tribe. The recipients then preserved the bread to protect their families from danger throughout the following year. The produce from this plant has much of the same look & flavor, along with many of the same uses as a potato, yet lacks virtually all of the health concerns related to regular potato consumption.

Live Plant Orders: This stock comes from a Caribbean-Latin American cultivator who has been turning over the same stock, here in Central Florida, for his family & friends for over a decade. Plants are sprouted only from proper branches, which are the most ideal starting material for growing vigorous high producing new plants. If a sprouted plant isn’t available at the time you order you will get at least 2 rooted Yuca branch nodes per live plant unit order (each node is capable of sprouting more than one plant).

Ready-To-Eat Root Orders: Yuca Root orders now ship by the Priority Mail Flat Rate box. A Medium Flat Rate Box (MFRB) holds about 7 pounds and the Large Flat Rate Box (LFRB) holds about 12 pounds. USPS now delivers P.M. packages from here to most states in only 2 days.

Ordering Options:
One Live Plant or two 6″+ Cuttings | 1 MFRB Ready-To-Eat Roots | 1 LFRB Ready-To-Eat Roots


Product Description


While it can produce seeds, viability is sketchy and shouldn’t be relied on. It’s best grown fresh each year from the branch cuttings. A prefered method is to take 2 branches of about 18″ and to bury them in the ground several inches deep, in an X pattern. Each planting is allowed to grow for one year, and then completely uprooted. Many large individual tubers will be present. With good tuber production as a priority, the stump should be discarded, but it will regrow. For ideal long term preservation, the tubers are dipped in wax (rather unique amongst other root crops). It is possible to get table-grade roots to set roots, but successful conversion of waxed material into a useful plant is not really worth the effort (we’ve had wax-stripped specimens sit with decent looking roots for over 6 months without sprouting foliage). An ideal system would be to use branches to set a new planting every couple weeks, to ensure perpetual harvest.

Cassava is incredibly versatile; it can be boiled, baked, steamed, grilled, fried, mashed or added to stews. Frequently, it is served with meat, sprinkled with salt, pepper and lime juice. Many recipes call for it to be grated. When cooked, it turns yellow, slightly translucent, a little sweet, and chewy. The root can also be made into a ground meal or flour by washing, peeling and grating it, and then pressing out the juice and drying the meal. The meal can be bought already prepared and frozen. On the French influenced islands, cassava meal is known as farine, a shortened form of farine de manioc.

Common Names:
Cassava, manioc, yuca, balinghoy, mogo, mandioca, kamoteng kahoy, tapioca, manioc root

Tapioca Research Data Links:
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Additional Information


One Live Plant or two 6″+ Cuttings, 1 MFRB Ready-To-Eat Roots, 1 LFRB Ready-To-Eat Roots

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