NATIONAL TAPIOCA PUDDING DAY
Enjoyed around the world, we might share a dish of creamy pearled, tapioca pudding on July 15. It’s National Tapioca Day!
Tapioca is a starch made from the cassava root. 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. Prized for its edible root, which is often ground into a powder or a pearly extract. The resulting pearls are called tapioca.
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.
The minute and instant tapioca puddings have made the process easier. Tapioca is also found in Boba tea, a Taiwanese tea-based drink, and can be used as a substitute for other starches in some recipes.
HOW TO OBSERVE
On National Tapioca Pudding Day, try this homemade tapioca pudding recipe and post on social media using #TapiocaPuddingDay.
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