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Mar 10, 2011 02:48 PM

Anyone know where I can get Arracacha (also known as mandioquinha in Brazil)

I heard this South American root vegetable was available at Perola on Augusta Ave, but went there today and the young girl at the cash register didn't know what I was talking about. So, either they didn't have it or they did but she didn't know about it or what they look like.

Does anyone know where I can get some? I hear they make the best fried or baked chips.

247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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  1. I am looking for arracacha too. I'd use it as the main ingredient in a Colombian soup recipe. Any help appreciated.

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    1. re: Doopsylalolic

      I asked my friend and she says that you can find this at "Nosso Talho" or "Pavao" in the Dundas and Dovercourt area.

      hope that helps!


      1. re: Armack

        Well I just went to both places. Nosso Talho hadn't heard of it under either name but had a root vegetable that looked a bit like arracacha called 'minhotos' (pronounced minyotos) that they said was from China (yikes!). I also saw this same vegetable in a store right beside them.

        Then I went to Pavao, which is actually a butcher shop and when I asked for it she asked what 'cut' I wanted! I told her it was a root vegetable and told her both names and she said they didn't have it and to go next door. There was no grocery store next door!

        I feel like I am on a wild goose chase...

        1. re: Flexitarian

          oh my. I'm so sorry. I hope you didn't make a special trip. She seemed so sure when she told me where to find it, too...

          1. re: Armack

            Yes I made a special trip but no big deal. But do you think that because your friend referred you to a butcher shop she doesn't know that it is a vegetable? The other shop was not a butcher but primarily meat too.

            1. re: Flexitarian

              I'm not sure. She's Brazilian and didn't skip a beat when I asked her. Hindsight is 20/20 though and I should have made sure before I commented because admittedly, she's not the most domestic person out there. :) I can ask her, but it won't help you very much now...

          2. re: Flexitarian

            In the US its not common in Brazilian markets, but you can find it frozen in Columbian markets which is better for soup (as well as some Peruvian and other South American) so maybe that can help you search for it. If you ask a Brazilian you may have more success asking about "batata baroa" because although it is called mandioquinha (actually mandioquinha-salsa which refers to its shoots or leaves) that is more likely to be confusing (Armack's friend might have thought the question was about yuca speaking in the diminutive form).

            1. re: itaunas

              I was in the Latin Market on the SW corner of Keele & Lawrence yesterday looking for frozen empanada dough and noticed that in the freezer they had 'Arracacha - Yellow Cassava" in the freezer. I was actually looking for the fresh unfrozen kind though.

              1. re: Flexitarian

                The Keele & Lawrence store (Marketino) has moved to 2801 Keele. Meanwhile I found the frozen arracacha at Julio's Quality Meat (2294 Keele Street). The brand is Canoa, and it was in the freezer at the back. I plan to use it in a soup with chicken and green plantains. I have recommended Julio's elsewhere on the board for the meat and especially the sausages. While I'm at it I'll mention these nearby chowfinds:

                El Ranchero (2290 Keele Street) in the same plaza makes excellent lechona.
                Churrasqueira Estrela (2275 Keele Street) – a hard-working team that cooks over charcoal.

                1. re: Doopsylalolic

                  You have to look in a supermarket that serves the Latino community sach as the Porto Ricans,Republic Domenicans or Cubans.

                  Good lucky

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        1. Hello! We have it all year round here in the Philippines. In case you make a trip down here bring some pictures of it with you since we don't call it arracacha here. I'm not even sure what it's really called because of regional variations but where I come from we call it "tumon."

          It is excellent for soups as it thickens it and outshines all other components of the soup including the meat and potatoes.