Fun Facts About Cassava

Cassava, also known as 'Manihot', is the third largest source of carbohydrate on the planet after rice and wheat. It is grown and prized mainly in South America and Africa because cassava plants are highly tolerant to long winter droughts and summer rains.

  • Cassava leaves are widely used to treat hypertension, headache, and pain.
  • Cassava is a good source of vitamin C, and is used to make kaschiri, a kind of beer.
  • The cassava plant provides the highest yield of carbohydrates per cultivated area among crop plants, only surpassed by sugarcane and sugar beets.
  • Cassava roots are ground into a flour-like substance that is then used to make tapioca.
  • In the Ewe language spoken in West Africa, the local name for the plant, 'agbeli', translates in English to 'there is life'.