Manihot esculenta

Cassava roots harvested and ready to be cut up and cooked

Cassava is a shrubby plant growing to about 1-3m, with thin stems and attractive large palm-shaped leaves. A perennial shrub cassava produces a high yield of tuberous roots in 6 months to 3 years after planting. The tubers are the main part that is eaten, but the leaves can be enjoyed as a vegetable dish.Cassava is an important daily source of starch for 300-600 million of the poorest people around the world. It is among the most productive uses of subsistence land, producing 40% more starch than rice, and 25% more than maize..Note that all cassava is poisonous!! In some bitter varieties, all parts of the plant are laced with a highly toxic poison (hydrocyanic or prussic acid). Sweet varieties have lower or marginal concentrations of the toxin. But the more toxic varieties produce bigger tubers! Plants from the tropics have evolved toxins as a defense against predators more so than those from temperate climates which is why they require cooking in order to eat them. Thorough cooking dispels or denatures the harmful toxins, and makes the remaining portion safe to eat.Powdered cassava is treated like a flour and made into cakes, unleavened bread, pasta, crackers. Sliced cassava is also made into crisps. Flat bread made from cassava meal can keep for a year without spoiling. Dried chips or pellets are used as animal feed.Young tender leaves are rich in Vitamin B and protein, but also has more of the toxins. They are eaten as a vegetable. Like the tubers, they have to be properly cooked to remove their toxins.
Other Names: Manioc, Yuca

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Specifications of Cassava

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest First Year

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic), Good Drainage, Poor Drainage (Clay)

Fruiting/Harvest Months July, August, September

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Cassava Reviews & Tips

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3y ago

Kings park , Nsw, Australia


We come from Kenya and grow lots of cassava they are very nice n soft we peel the skin roast bbq add chillisalt lemon juice n jus yummyAlso make crisps chips out of it

Fook Cheong
5y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia


Try growing them in a plastic house on a pallet in a controlled temperature enviroment/solar power/variable heat/lamp

★★ 9y ago

Cringila, NSW, Australia

Hmm.. perhaps the dreaded dog-pee zone..

Jakeline Pullman
11y ago

Hewett, SA


There are pink, white and yellow flesh. The yellow flesh is by far the best one. I wonder if I can grow this in Adelaide, even if I plant it in a pot. I miss eating cassava, regardless of the variety.

Jakeline Pullman
11y ago

Hewett, SA


I come from a country of South America and I grew up eating lots of cassava. It can be cut into 10 cms pieces and fried they are vey nice. You can make soup with it too. Boil it and make it into a paste and grate lots of cheese and bake it.

Barry Beetham
11y ago

Brassall, Ipswich, QLD. AUSTRALIA, Australia


I have mine in loose fertile soil - plenty of manure; n get kilograms of large tubers from each plant. Water well; full sun. We and neighbours experiment on how to prepare / cook / serve the cassava in place of potatoes.

★★★ 12y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia

I have one plant, still in a pot, but am a bit cautious about whether it is an edible-leaf or an edible-tuber variety, as I am sure it is either/or, and then it is unsafe to eat the other part.

Max Barallon
12y ago

Melbourne, VIC


Cassava is a tropical root crop, no it will not grow in Cessnock and Hunter Valley, Cassava does not tolerate freezing conditions.It requires at least 8 months of warm weather to produce a crop.

Ramin Khosravi Meleamiri
13y ago

Los Anjeles, RAM



Ron Newton
13y ago

Cessnock, N.S.W, Australia


Does cassava grow in areas where there is frosts. eg Cessnock hunter valley N.S.W

13y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia


We got two varieties of cassava - white and yellow flesh. Yellow one taste better and cheesy a bit

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