National Tapioca Pudding Day on July 15th encourages us to dig into this pudding dish enjoyed around the world! 

Tapioca is a starch derived from the cassava root. While the root looks similar in shape and color to a sweet potato, in its natural form, cassava contains cyanide. However, grinding down the root produces a flour or powder used as a thickening agent. It may also be produced tapioca into pearls. Also known as manioc or yucca, growers cultivate cassava around the world. A part of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family, this woody shrub is native to South America but is also grown in Asia and Africa.

Once a staple in early American households, tapioca was dehydrated to survive long sea voyages without spoilage. In a dehydrated form, tapioca earns an extended shelf life. Cooks wanting to make homemade tapioca should plan ahead. Tapioca pearls must soak overnight before using them. 

For those sensitive to gluten, substitute tapioca in place of flour as a thickening agent in recipes. Try it in recipes for pancakes, cookies, and other baked goods. Tapioca also provides an excellent source of vitamin B, manganese, and iron. Turn to tapioca if you’re having trouble gaining weight or have a sensitive stomach. Tapioca is a gentle ingredient and helps to add healthy weight gradually.

For those who want to enjoy tapioca more quickly, minute and instant tapioca puddings make the process easier. Make a quick parfait with layers of fruit and whipped cream. It will definitely make a perfect celebration that way. However, we also enjoy tapioca in Boba tea, a Taiwanese tea-based drink. 

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As you explore tapioca, don’t forget it’s not just a pudding. Try it in soup, beverages, and baked goods, too. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to try a variety of tapioca recipes. Share your favorite way to cook with this versatile ingredient. Share how you’re celebrating by posting on social media using #TapiocaPuddingDay.


Jennifer lives happily in North Florida with her husband Scott and after a stroke and two brain surgeries her mom. While not blessed with children they dote on their four legged children four cats. I started writing after spinal surgery required second round of physical therapy to learn to walk yet again. While reading is a favorite hobby writing is something new with the launch of this blog and hopefully a fiction novel in the future.


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