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Tapioca Pearls are made from a starch obtained from the roots of the Cassava plant, also called Yucca or Manioc. The long cylindrical roots range from about 2 to 8 inches in diameter and 18 to 48 inches in length. They grow in clusters weighing from 5 to 30 pounds and have a tough brown skin, which when peeled, reveals a crisp white flesh. Tapioca flour is clean white in colour, with a uniquely bland flavour.
Tapioca has recently become popular as a gluten-free alternative to wheat and other grains. The cassava root is relatively easy to grow and a dietary staple in several countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. Tapioca is almost pure starch and has very limited nutritional value, however, it is naturally gluten-free, so it can serve as a wheat substitute in cooking and baking for people who are on a gluten-free diet.
Pearls are the most common use for cassava /tapioca as they’re often used in bubble tea, puddings, and desserts and as a thickener in cooking.