Posted by Ricardo Mata on November 22, 2000 at 00:42:43:
In Reply to: large pearl tapioca posted by Lee on August 18, 2000 at 08:48:52:
Tapioca comes from the cassava plant (its a root. I found this explanation on the process that had been posted on this newsgroup before by CAROL.. Here it is.
"Tapioca is the root of the Cassava plant (from the same family as the caster bean) . It is washed with Prussic Acid. The pulp is strained until the starch separates from the roots. The starch is then placed on hot iron plates and left to dry. During the starch forms uneven , milky pearls,hence Pearl Tapioca.
Weight Loss Guidance of Gorham Maine."
The Cassava plant grows all over Latin America and as far as I know it was introduced to Asia by the Portuguese in the 17th century.
I don't have any DETAILED information on how to produce them except wat was posted by Carol.. I'm also looking for an actual recipe since I can't buy the Pearl Tapioca here in El Salvador and try producing it myself.. if you have any luck finding something please forward it to me. My email is email@example.com
or post to this newsgroup..... I'll see it.
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