Manioc

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Cassava
Manihot esculenta - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-090.jpg
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M. esculenta
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Manihot esculenta
Crantz

Manioc (or Cassava, or Yuca, especially in Latin America) is a shrub. It belongs to the Spurge family of plants and it grows in tropical climates. It is cultivated for its edible root. The manioc must be cooked properly to detoxify it before it is eaten and can be used in dumplings, soups, stews and gravies.