Also commonly known as cassava, yuca is the root of the cassava plant and it is native to South America and the Caribbean. It is similar in size and shape to a sweet potato and has a lighter texture than a potato with a mild sweet flavor.
Yuca, like potatoes, can be fried, mashed, or boiled but should not be eaten raw. It is important to make sure that the rough skin is removed before eating. When dried and ground into powder, yuca is also used to make tapioca!
Crystal Valley imports yuca year round from Costa Rica.
Look for yuca that is firm and free of blemishes.
Store whole, unpeeled yuca in a cool, dry place.