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Cassava: A Plant for All Times
New York Ag Connection - 11/12/2021

Cassava is the third most important source of calories in the world, behind rice and corn. As many as 800 million people use it as a food source. The Sustainable, Secure Food Blog tells you everything there is to know about this essential crop.

Blogger Sally Mallowa explains, "Cassava is a root crop that is high in starch. It is predominantly found in tropical or heated climates. Its growth cycle varies from eight to 23 months, depending on variety. It's also a perennial crop."

Adding in its long growth and harvest cycle, cassava is a key food security crop in war torn countries. It is a crop of choice to fight poverty in Africa. This makes the crop popular in countries that cannot produce rice or wheat. The Congo Basin, Latin America, and Southeast Asia are all geographic areas in which the crop is grown.

The plant is mostly starch, and there are a wide variety of products made from cassava including baking flour, juice, tapioca, and syrup.

To learn more, read the entire blog: https://bit.ly/3EZv5Mj

This blog is sponsored and written by members of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Members are researchers and trained, certified professionals in the areas of growing the world's food supply while protecting the environment. They work at universities, government research facilities, and private businesses across the U.S. and around the world.


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