cassava | Description, Poison, Benefits, & Facts | Britannica
Cassava, tuberous edible plant of the spurge family from the American tropics. It is cultivated throughout the tropical world for its tuberous roots, from which cassava flour, breads, tapioca, a laundry starch, and an alcoholic beverage are derived. Cassava probably was first cultivated by the Maya in Yucatan.
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