Yucca root is a starchy vegetable that grows mostly in the arid parts of the Americas and the Caribbean. It also packs a nutritious punch, and is rich in vitamin C, folate and potassium and high in dietary fiber.
According to WebMD, some people use yucca to treat an assortment of ailments, including osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, inflammation of the intestine (colitis), high cholesterol, stomach disorders, diabetes, poor circulation, and liver and gallbladder disorders. It adds that people also use yucca to treat everything from skin sores and sprains to baldness and dandruff. Just be aware that WebMD also points out that there is insufficient evidence to support any of these claims.
What we do know is that it’s hella tasty, and we’ve rounded up 15 different ways for you to try it for yourself.
By no means the healthiest dish that Colombia has to offer, fritanga — beautifully presented by My Colombian Recipes — features an assortment of fried meats and vegetables, including yucca. Fried yucca is certainly delicious and worth trying at least once, but if you’re going to eat it often, then bake it — it’s just as tasty and far healthier.
Mommyhood's Diary gives yucca a bit of fancy schmancy treatment in this dish that highlights all too well the manner in which sauces and vinaigrettes, such as this basil vinaigrette, complement the starchy root vegetable beautifully.
These are not so much your typical tots per se, as they are fritters, much like Puerto Rican alcapurias. These tots, from Three Diets. One Dinner., are made with yucca, and stuffed with brisket. Come to think of it, they are almost like mini empanadas.
Speaking of empanadas, the Dominican variety is made with yucca, as demonstrated brilliantly by Foodista.
Puerto Rican pasteles are typically made with yautía or malanga — another type of root vegetable — but the masa (or dough) can also be made with yucca, as The Noshery does in this recipe.
Yucca is often used in various soups and stews, sometimes in place of potatoes or plantains. It's no surprise that it is one of the ingredients of this decadent coconut seafood soup from Honduras, which is served alongside a plantain paste called "machuca."
Peru Delights substitutes potatoes with yucca to make these savory gnocchi.
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