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Apr 28, 2008 07:05 PM

Tapioca vs Sago - what makes what kind of pudding

Confused coming back from the local marekt - there is tapioca and there appears to a similar dried up pellets for sago.

I understand Tapioca compes from the casava plant and is tranditionally used in our tapioca puddings with milk, vanilla, etc. Now, Sago, I know next to nothing above.

Can you use sago for the same purpose and if so what differences can I expect? Are there other specific dessert or other uses for sago that provide a great experience that you can share with me?

Thaniks in advance.

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  1. Hi Spahkee,
    Tapioca is from the cassava plant and may be formed into flakes or pearls and cooked as you say. Sago is from a palm and is treated in exactly the same way, processed into flakes or pearls and cooked in exactly the same way. My memory of eating them (at school, centuries ago) was that sago was bigger than tapioca (hence its nickname of frogspawn!).