Tapioca granulada (Tapioca granulated)

The "tapioca" is a genuinely Brazilian product used by the Native Americans before the arrival of the colonizers. "According to Teodoro Sampaio, the word derives from typi-og [which means] removed or collected from the bottom, the sediment, the clot, the residue of cassava juice, modified into tapioca." (Luís da Câmara Cascudo, "Dicionário do Folclore Brasileiro"). 
Nowadays, however, according to the region, the term "tapioca" designates several different recipes made with cassava derivatives products. 
The "tapioca granulated" ("tapioca granulada"), which the reference name available for sale in Brazil is "tapioca", is a product derived from the starch extracted from the cassava root in the form of different-size granules of irregular shape. It is used to make both sweet and savoury dishes and, recently, it is being re-evaluated by the contemporary chefs. "Sagu" (tapioca pearls) is also a cassava starch derivative, but it is a very different ingredient - tapioca pearls are opaque when raw, but become translucent when cooked in boiling water. See also tapioca flour hydrated.

Information Source:  
Embrapa Mandioca e Fruticultura Tropical 
Regulamento Técnico de Identidade e Qualidade dos Produtos Amiláceos derivados da raiz de Mandioca, emanated by the "Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento do Brasil". 
Posted on: 17 March 2014
Last Update: 17 July 2018
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