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Mar 12, 2007 04:46 PM

Cassava Meal in Seattle?

I need to find this Brazilian ingredient in the next twenty-four hours at a store in Seattle. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I'd check uwajimaya in the International District

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    1. re: bergeo

      Yes, uwajimaya. Note too that it may be sold as "manioc" or "yuca" - different name, same tuber.

    2. the little mexican grocery at the market sells cassava meal, not the root.

      1. FYI, on the Ave in the U-District there was a retailer that does a ton of internet business selling Brazillian food products; I have ordered stuff before and I get many emails from them. It is known as, and I think that they have a retail outlet on the Ave. I know that they used to.

        1. There is a Brazillian food market on the Ave that seems to be called Karioka now; not sure if sendexnet is still there.

          1. sorry to toss another cock into the ring but yucca and cassava are decidedly NOT the same root - though manioc IS another name for what ptriedel is seeking. be most careful if you are able to obtain the whole root as there is a cyanide compound in it that MUST be beaten and rinsed out - thus, it is most practical to obtain the meal from which most receipes begin; i have seen it frequently in latin markets. feijojada, the brazilian national bean dish, adds the coarse meal as a textural element rather like crumbling crackers into soup. yucca, of course, can be cooked as is and is wonderful as frites or steamed in chunks with a garlic-y mojo

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            1. re: howard 1st

              yucca != yuca. Yucca is a genus of flowering agave plants, mostly inedible.

              Rest assured that yuca fritters and chips popular in the spanish-speaking Americas are indeed made from the same Manihot esculenta tubers known elsewhere as the cassava. Different growing conditions and varieties are what lead to different preparation methods - the smaller cassava tubers grown in wetter conditions are much lower in the cyanide compounds you mentioned, to the degree that simple cooking is sufficient.