Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Cassava

Manihot esculenta

It is a perennial shrub, native to South and Central America. It can reach between 2 to 3 m. in height. It has elongated tuberculous roots and long petiolated leaves that alternate. Its flowers are branched clusters and its fruits appear in the form of capsules, 1.5 cm in diameter. Propagation occurs by stem cuttings. It prefers full sunlight and can adapt to any type of soil.

Applications:

Tubers are edible and commonly used to cook such as casabe, casabe fritters, fried yucca along and can be prepared together with other vegetables in stews. Cassava has a large amount of starch in its interior. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, calcium complex B vitamins and potassium. In addition, it benefits intestinal movement, produces a feeling of satiation, improves metabolic conditions and helps lose weight.

Manihot esculenta