NATIONAL TAPIOCA PUDDING DAY
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 is similar in shape and color to a sweet potato, in its natural form cassava contains cyanide. Grinding down the root produces a flour or powder used as a thickening agent. It can also be made into pearls. Also known as manioc or yucca, cassava is cultivated 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 and even still have a long shelf life. To make a truly homemade tapioca pudding takes planning. The pearls must be soaked overnight.
For those sensitive to gluten, substitute tapioca in place of flour as a thickening agent in recipes. Tapioca is also an excellent source of vitamin B, manganese and iron. If you’re having trouble gaining weight or have a sensitive stomach, tapioca is both gentle and helps to gradual add healthy weight.
The minute and instant tapioca puddings have made the process easier. A quick parfait with layers of fruit and whipped cream may make a perfect celebration, too. However, another way to enjoy tapioca is also found in Boba tea, a Taiwanese tea-based drink.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TAPIOCA PUDDING DAY
Try a variety of tapioca recipes. Pudding isn’t the only treat tapioca will make. From tea to soups and more, there are many ways to use this versatile ingredient. However, pudding is one delicious way to go. Give this one a try: Homemade tapioca pudding and post on social media using #TapiocaPuddingDay.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL TAPIOCA PUDDING DAY
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