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Cassava (also known as manioc or yucca) is the tuber of a large shrub, Manihot esculenta. The word “cassava” comes from the Taino Indian word for cassava bread, a stiff flatbread offered to Columbus by the Taino Indians on Hispanola. Cassava bread is still produced in the Dominican Republic and is widely available in urban bodegas in New York and other East Coast American cities.

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