These ugly looking root vegetables pictured above are named yucas.
If you don’t already know what a yuca, or a cassava, is you’re probably wondering right? Well, the yuca is a long tuberous and starchy root that can range in length, from around two to eight inches. The root has brown rough skin and a milky white interior flesh. As this vegetable bruises rather easily it is usually sold covered in a protective wax coating to prevent damage. More names for yuca include manioc, mandioca, yucca root and tapioca.
The yucca is native to Brazil and the tropical areas of America. It is widely grown all over Latin America and the Caribbean. Yuca is incredibly versatile in the ways it can be eaten, being boiled, baked, steamed, fried, mashed or even added to a stew. When cooked the root vegetable turns yellow, slightly translucent and sweet. When buying yuca look for firm roots with little or no soft spots and when possible buy the whole roots without their ends being cut off.