Yuca and Cassava Root: The Best Way to Eat Yuca

Eating healthy is quickly becoming easier for everyone to do. There are tons of amazing superfoods out there that pack endless vitamins and nutrients without sacrificing great taste. Yuca is one of those incredible superfoods.

Yuca, also known as Cassava root, is not only healthy and full of benefits, it’s also extremely delicious and easy to make. Native to South America and Africa, this food is featured in tons of authentic dishes!

Today we are going to discuss why you should be eating yuca, and some awesome ways to make it. Let’s dive in!

Benefits of Eating Yuca

One of the biggest advantages of eating yuca is its fiber content. One cup of yuca root covers 15 percent of your daily recommended value of fiber. This is because it is considered a resistant starch, meaning it bypasses certain digestive processes.

There are also tons of nutrients in cassava root, including:

  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin C
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin

Cassava leaves are also known for being a great source of protein which can be great for those who eat a plant-based diet. You’ll also find a good amount of essential electrolytes that you need such as potassium, magnesium, and sodium.

Important Saftey Tip

When preparing yuca to eat, it is critically important that the root plant is cooked thoroughly. This is due to its’ higher cyanide levels when left raw.

Luckily, yuca tastes best when it is cooked well anyways. It is not difficult to ensure proper cooking of yuca, either by boiling, baking, roasting, or frying.

Yuca Root Fry Recipe

One of the most popular and delicious ways to prepare the yuca root is by peeling, cutting, and baking them into fries! Here’s what you will need for this savory recipe:

  • 2 Large Yuca Roots
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of finely chopped Rosemary

You are going to start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees. While that is heating up, you will grab your yuca and peel the waxy skin off. Once that’s done, chop them up into fry-size pieces and toss them in a pot of water and boil.

You only want the yuca to boil for about 5 minutes, or until all the pieces are tender, not mushy or soft. This is to ensure they are fully cooked. Once they are done, drain and leave them to cool until they are nice and dry.

At this point, I like to toss them in a zip lock bag and add in the oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic powder. Gently mix the spices and oil around in the bag with the yuca to coat them nicely.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll want to lay them out on a baking sheet nice and evenly and pop them in the oven for about 30 minutes and flip halfway through. You’ll know they are done when they are nice and golden on the outside.

Let cool and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Don’t have the time or interest in cooking? You can also enjoy yuca in other ways; yuca chips, yuca crackers, ready to eat yuca, and casabe (cassava bread).

Great Recipes for Great Living

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be so hard, it all starts with the right ingredients and the right yuca recipes! Get your start at healthy eating by making this awesome yuca recipe. Or if you are hungry for more try these 7 Savory Yuca Recipes!

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