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Cassava Meal in Seattle?

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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 Sendex.net, 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.

            2. Hey everybody, thanks for all the advice. I am loving this online resource for culinary information. I ended up picking up a bag of manioc meal at the Mercado Latino in the Market, where they offered 4 different variations on this product. We used it in a class last night and it was more or less like it is in Brazilian cuisine, as noted by howard 1st, though I recall it being quite pale in color. We had to use butter instead of palm oil, which made it darker, though the texture was there.

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              1. re: ptridel

                glad things worked out for you - that is EXACTLY why we all participate here - fyi, palm oil is available (at great expense...) in the middle eastern grocery a hundred yards or so north of the mercado latino.