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Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz.), variously called Tapioca, manioc, mandioca and yaca is a major starchy root crop of the tropics.

Cassava belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae

Native of cassava is Brazil.

Nigeria is the major country growing cassava.

Kerala, where the crop was first introduced in India.

Cassava is a cross pollinated crop.

The main constituent of cassava tuber is starch.

The bitter constituent of cassava is cyanogenic glucoside

The yellow colour of the cassava flesh is due to the presence of carotene, the precursor of vitamin A.

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