Cassava (Euphorbiaceae)

Manihot, Manioc, Yuca, Balinghoy, Mogo, Mandioca, Kamoteng kahoy, Tapioca


Cassava is awoody shrub of the South American Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) family and is cultivated extensively as annual food crop in tropical ans subtropical regions.  The starchy Tuberous root(s) are a major sorce of carbohydrates and are gluten free but a poor source of protien. Cassava differs from the similarly spelled yucca, an unrelated fruit-bearing shrub in the Asparagaceae family. Cassava, when dried to a powdery (or pearly) extract, is called tapioca; its fermented, flaky version is named garri.

There are two classifcations of Cassava, bitter and sweet theses both contains antinutritional factors and toxins like other tubers and roots. Like most roots these roots must be prepared properly before consumption. Improper preperation can leave enough residual cyanide to cause acute cyanide intoxication and goiters, and may even cause ataxia or partial paralysis.

They are native to regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Toxic Principle:
Solanine-type glyco-alkaloids and atropine-like alkaloids.

Poisoning Symptoms include:
Headache, dizziness, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, muscular spasms and nervousness, high temperature, salivation and sweating, ataxia, paralysis and coma which can lead to death.


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