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), also called
, a woody
(spurge family) native to
, is extensively cultivated as an annual
regions for its edible
, a major source of
s. It differs from the similarly spelled
, an unrelated fruit-bearing shrub in the
family. Cassava, when dried to a starchy, powdery (or pearly) extract is called
; its fermented, flaky version is named
Cassava is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the world. Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. It is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, capable of growing on marginal soils.
is the world's largest producer of cassava.
Cassava root is a good source of carbohydrates, but a poor source of
. A predominantly cassava root diet can cause
Cassava is classified as sweet or bitter. Like other roots and tubers, cassava contains
factors and toxins. It must be properly prepared before consumption. Improper preparation of cassava can leave enough residual
to cause acute cyanide intoxication and
, and may even cause
or partial paralysis. Nevertheless, farmers often prefer the bitter varieties because they deter pests, animals, and thieves. The more-toxic varieties of cassava are a fall-back resource (a "food security crop") in times of famine in some places.
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