This article provides an overview of tapioca, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make tapioca substitutes.
What is Tapioca?
Tapioca is a type of starch that is extracted from the roots of the cassava plant, which is native to Northern Brazil. Tapioca is popular throughout South America and a staple food in many other tropical countries, where it is favored for its high-calorie content.
It is most commonly used as a thickening agent in foods, as well as an ingredient in the South American flatbread, casabe. Tapioca is also used to make edible ‘pearls’ in drinks such as bubble tea.
What does Tapioca taste like?
Tapioca has a rather bland and neutral flavor, and it is mostly used for structural purposes and not for taste.
Is Tapioca readily available in Supermarkets?
Unfortunately, tapioca is quite hard to get a hold of in western supermarkets, if available you may find it in the gluten-free section of supermarkets and health stores. Alternatively, you can try online retailers.
What are some alternative names for Tapioca?
Tapioca may be referred to as cassava, they are the same thing.
What is a good substitute for Tapioca in recipes?
Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for tapioca. These include:
- Potato Starch
- Cassava Flour
- In baking, you can also use
- Rice Flour
- Chestnut Flour
- All-Purpose Flour