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CASSAVA

cassava compliments of women worldBotanical Name: Manihot esculenta
Description

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.

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Plant Information or Specifications

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Perennial Vegetables (#PerennialVegetables)

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas

WA

Suitability in Pots

Yes

Fruiting/Harvest Months

July, August, September

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Cassava

We got two varieties of cassava - white and yellow flesh. Yellow one taste better and cheesy a bit | Edenton - Brisbane, QLD 26-Oct-2008

Cassava

Does cassava grow in areas where there is frosts. eg Cessnock hunter valley N.S.W | Ron Newton - Cessnock, N.S.W 02-Dec-2008

Cassava

Tanks | Ramin Khosravi Meleamiri - Los Anjeles, RAM 01-Jan-2009

Cassava

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. | Max Barallon - Melbourne, VIC 10-Oct-2009

Cassava

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. | Barry Beetham - Brassall, Ipswich, QLD. AUSTRALIA 25-Sep-2010

Cassava

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. | Jakeline Pullman - Hewett, SA 30-Jan-2011

Cassava

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 - Hewett, SA 30-Jan-2011

Cassava

Try growing them in a plastic house on a pallet in a controlled temperature enviroment/solar power/variable heat/lamp | Fook Cheong - Brisbane, QLD 29-Oct-2016
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Rev 's Edible Fruits
Update: 3043 days 5hrs

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not hardy and does not regrow from roots reliably


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Cassava (Cutting) 6/10

Linnie's Edible Fruits
Update: 2789 days 16hrs

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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.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

nil

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

Does anyone know how to tell 'leaf' Cassava from 'root' Cassava? Thank you.


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Cassava

Kathy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 2117 days 22hrs

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Spring 2011: Gift from a friend who grew them from cuttings from her plants. Will be trying them out as a windbreak/privacy screen to protect the bulk of the fruit trees.


Planted: 2011

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Pollination: No


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Cassava (Cutting)

Rosalie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1820 days 20hrs

Comments: -

Given the tough central stem by Gi from Yandina market in August.
Carefully planted near the lemon tree.
First shoots in Sept 2012 and immediately pecked off by turkey.
Now protected by mesh screening and doing well with new growth.

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Cassava (Seedling)

Peap330's Edible Fruits
Update: 3023 days 20hrs

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My bloody goat enjoyed this one when he got the chance. it shot again but has died off in winter i dont know if it is still alive, i shall find out in spring no doubt.

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

nil

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Cassava (Cutting)

Speedy's Edible Fruits
Update: 2789 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Ok growth so far between the maize plots, winter will be the test for it.

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground


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Cassava (Grafted) 4/10

Nathan1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1785 days 17hrs

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


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