Fun Facts About Cassava

Cassava, also known as 'Manihot', is the third largest source of carbohydrate on the planet after rice and wheat. It is grown and prized mainly in South America and Africa because cassava plants are highly tolerant to long winter droughts and summer rains.

  • Cassava leaves are widely used to treat hypertension, headache, and pain.
  • Cassava is a good source of vitamin C, and is used to make kaschiri, a kind of beer.
  • The cassava plant provides the highest yield of carbohydrates per cultivated area among crop plants, only surpassed by sugarcane and sugar beets.
  • Cassava roots are ground into a flour-like substance that is then used to make tapioca.
  • In the Ewe language spoken in West Africa, the local name for the plant, 'agbeli', translates in English to 'there is life'.


木薯又名「 (蜀葵)」,是僅次於稻米與小麥,全球排名第三的碳水化合物來源。木薯大多種植於南美洲與非洲,因為木薯能夠耐得住冬季乾旱與夏季多雨的氣候。

  • 木薯葉常被用來治療高血壓、頭痛與疼痛。
  • 木薯是維生素C的絕佳來源,並且被用來釀造一種叫做木薯酒的啤酒。
  • 木薯在農作物中能在每單位種植面積中收穫出最大量的碳水化合物,只有甘蔗與糖用甜菜超過木薯。
  • 將木薯根磨成像麵粉一樣的物質後,就能拿來做成木薯粉。
  • 在通行於西非的埃維語(Ewe)中,木薯叫做 agbeli,若直譯為中文的意思是「具有生命」。