Anyone know where to find batata baroa or mandioquinha?
Hi folks -- does anyone know where I could find batata baroa, otherwise known as mandioquinha? It is a brazilian root vegetable that looks like a fat, yellowish parsnip, and tastes like a cross between a parsnip and a yukon gold potato (yes, very delicious!).
Its pretty unlikely you will find it fresh although that could change at some point because there are lots of ungoing studies in Brazil regarding plants for exportation and for those found feasible, the government makes available plants for planting. There also is the issue of its perishability.
Your best bet might be to look for frozen arracacha and get some recommendations for Columbian and Peruvian markets. I would suggest trying El Valle de La Sultana in Everett or Somerville or Frio Rico in East Boston as possible starting points. Depending on how you are planning to use it may or may not work (eg I wouldn't try it for mandiioquinha gnocchi/nhoque or fried).
360R Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128
Its meant more for use in soups and stewed plates: ground beef or meat stewed with it, a broth/caldo of mandioquinha, a sancocho. It works fine for things like this, although the taste isn't going to compare with fresh. And for stewed meats, there are other readily available tubers like inhame (malanga), there are some central american squashes and I believe sweet potatoes at some farmers markets. It might be worth it for the broth, but I haven't tried this with the frozen or compared it to fresh mandioca (if you can get good quality yuca fresh its much better, but the frozen is serviceable -- sometimes its more consistent than what you buy fresh).