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Manihot esculenta


Cassava (Manihot esculenta), also called yuca or manioc, a woody shrub of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge family) native to South America, is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates. Nigeria is the world's largest producer of cassava. Note: mind 2 different plants that just change 1 letter: Yucca and Yuca. Cassava is the third-largest source of carbohydrates for meals in the world.[1][2] It is classified as sweet or bitter, depending on the level of toxic cyanogenic glucosides. (However, bitter taste is not always a reliable measure.[3]) Improper preparation of cassava can leave enough residual cyanide to cause acute cyanide intoxication and goiters, and has been linked to ataxia or partial paralysis.[4] Nevertheless, farmers often prefer the bitter varieties because they deter pests, animals, and thieves.[5] In some locations the more toxic varieties serve as a fall-back resource (a "food security crop") in times of famine.[6] source:


grown on the side of the street as food crop or as additional income for farmers.

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Roxas City, Aklan, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 8, 2011
Submitted on Jul 17, 2011

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