Yuca, pronounced YOO-ka, comes from the root of the Cassava plant. You probably have seen yuca in your local grocery store and may have asked what are those and what does yuca taste like? Yuca is about the same size as a sweet potato put maybe a little longer in length. They have a brown bark-like skin that must be removed before eating.
So, what does Yuca taste like? Yuca has a very starchy flesh that is cream to white color flesh that has a grainy and in some cases stringy texture. The flesh when cooked has a slight sweet nutty taste.
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What exactly is yuca
Yuca is the root of the Cassava plant and is a large semi-slender size root that is roughly the same size as a sweet potato. These roots can be anywhere from a half-pound to a few pounds.
These types of roots are a major food source for close to half of billion people. What makes these roots so special is the fact it can grow in soils that other vegetables would have trouble thriving in. It is also a root that does not need a lot of water to grow.
There are many uncommon foods that people have not tried because they may feel intimidated but don’t be. Fruits and vegetables that you haven’t tried may turn out to be one of your favorites foods because of the taste.
How to cook yuca for the best taste?
Yuca can be cooked the same way you could cook a potato. You can bake Yuca, make fries, cube them, and boil them are most common way to eat Yuca.
One of the best ways we like yuca that makes Yuca taste the best is Yuca Con Mojo. This is made with garlic and makes Yuca taste excellent. The Spruce Eats has a good recipe for Yuca. You can view that here.
Nutrition of Yuca
|Total Fat 0.6 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0.2 g||1%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g||-|
|Monounsaturated fat 0.2 g||-|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 29 mg||1%|
|Potassium 58 mg||15%|
|Total Carbohydrate 758g||1226|
|Dietary fiber 3.7g||14%|
|Protein 2.8 g||5%|
What are the health benefits of yuca
Yuca has many health benefits and contains high amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C. both of these help your immune system and your overall health and well being.
Good for arthritis pain. When taking in tablet form yuca can soothe pain because it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Helps to regulate blood sugar. The study has shown that yuca can help regulated metabolic fluctuations in diabetic rats. You should know that you should never be used to replace insulin or other types of medications that have issued by your doctor without their approval.
Risks of taking a yuca supplement could include:
- Stomach being upset
How to select yuca for the best taste
When selecting a yuca you will want to select those that are firm and do not have any soft spots or blemishes on the skin. When you choose the correct yuca and you cut them open they will have a very snow white center and fresh clean scent.
If you can break off the tip of the Yuca and there are black lines or specks in the flesh or any other type of discoloration then you should not use that Yuca.
Is tapioca made from cassava roots? Yes. Tapioca is made from tried cassava roots. Tapioca is any to digest and is good for your digestive system.
What are the other names for Yuca? There are other names for Yuca and they are cassava manioc, mandioca, and casaba. Do not confuse the word yucca which is commonly used but is an ornamental plant
Our final thoughts on Yuca taste
We have eaten yuca many times and in many different ways. We can tell you that it definitely is worth trying if you have not had this type of food before.
We love it boiled and then with sour oranges and garlic and oil. But there are many ways to eat this type of food. Just be sure to choose the best Yuca before cooking. We think you will love this once you try it.