The cassava root looks like a piece of wood and is as hard as one too. On the outside it is rough and brown – inside it is white like chalk or slightly yellow. It can be 5-10cm in diameter and 50-80cm long.
Cassava is used in a great variety of dishes. The soft-boiled root has a delicate flavor and can replace potatoes. In the Caribbean, cassava is used in bammies, to make dumplings, in stews, or eaten roasted just to mention a few ways. Some of the islands have their own special ways of using it.
Tapioca is a flour made from cassava that can be used instead of wheat flour.