Cassava

Binomial name: Manihot esculenta

The homonymous bush (yuca, mandioca, cassava) can measure until 2 m height.

Origin: it is known also as manioc or mandioca; it is the basic food of a lot of inhabitants of America, Africa and Asia. During the World War I, the cassava purchased big importance in Europe, since, in this poverty period, with its flour it was making bread.

Medicinal values: the cassava is digestive, calming, anti-inflamatory and slightly astringent. It is recommended in case to suffer gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, excess acidity, gastroenteritis, colitis and diarrhoea. The flour can be applied in hot poultices with lemon juice to treat furuncles, infected grains or in case of suffering a skin infection that produces streptococcus.

Caloric value per 100 g: 110 kcal

Varieties: the variety that is used to eat as a tuber is sweet cassava. The bitter one does not lose its toxicity even after boiled, consequently its consumption is mortal.

Curiosities: from pulverized root is obtained flour with which are prepared thin pancakes known as mandioca bread. This flour is named “gari” in western Africa.