Tapioca Day – June 28th

Tapioca Day – June 28th

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Tapioca pudding

June 28 is National Tapioca Day, an annual food holiday that celebrates tapioca.

Tapioca Pudding Day could well be the day to redeem the nightmares of school puddings and rediscover the delights of tapioca when the mysterious grey sludge is actually done properly.

Tapioca Day gives you the opportunity to broaden your culinary horizons, and try a new spin on domestic dishes using this substance. With a little research you can find flavors from all over the world. In the Congo you’ll even find it being used for fish dishes, eaten with rice and plaintain paste to bulk out the dish.

If you’ve always wondered what tapioca is, you’re in luck. Tapioca, a starch found in the roots of the cassava plant, is often used to add texture or thicken other foods. Native to Brazil, tapioca can take numerous forms and is used in beverages, paper, glues, paint and other products.

The tapioca plant is known by many names: cassava, manioc, and arrowroot, among others. It is sometimes called yuca too, but with a single ‘c’ to tell it apart from the large succulent plant yucca.

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Tapioca is almost completely free of both protein and gluten. It’s mostly carbohydrate with low amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It’s a staple food in some areas of the world. People on gluten-free diets often enjoy bread made with tapioca flour.

During World War II, due to the shortage of food in Southeast Asia, many refugees survived on tapioca. The cassava plant is easily propagated by stem-cutting, grows well in low-nutrient soils, and can be harvested every two months, although it takes ten months to grow to full maturity. The plant provided much needed carbohydrates and other nutrients during wartime.


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