How is Cassava Flour Made and Used?

How is Cassava Flour Made and Used?

Native to South America, cassava is heavily relied upon as an energy source in Sub-Saharan Africa. Becoming a popular gluten-free flour alternative and thickener, cassava flour (aka tapioca flour) is made
from the starchy root of the yuca plant. It is not refined; the whole root is used to make flour. Use caution if attempting to make your own cassava flour and never eat raw cassava: It contains a compound that produces cyanide, which is eliminated when cooked.

Popular among paleo diet followers, cassava flour can be found in the baking or gluten-free sections of the grocery store. Compared to whole-wheat flour, cassava flour is more expensive at about $9 to $10 per pound. Cassava flour can be substituted 1:1 in recipes calling for wheat flour.


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