Food Trivia Question
TRIVIA QUESTION: Made from the root of the cassava plant, my starch is an important ingredient in Asian cooking. Accordingly, most people are surprised to learn that I am actually native to the tropical regions of America. The Portuguese probably introduced me to Asia sometime in the seventeenth century. The British cook me in milk to make a pudding that has a somewhat dubious reputation. In Asia, I am used in a milky drink made with black or green tea, that can be hot, cold, or even slushy. What am I?
TRIVIA ANSWER: Tapioca. Tapioca starch is used extensively in
Chinese cooking as a sauce thickener (in the west you'll often find cornstarch
used as a substitute). Pearl tapioca balls are used to make Asian bubble teas.
Nutritionally speaking, tapioca is high in carbohydrate, low in fat, and a
source of calcium.
Bubble Tea Recipe
Bubble Tea Smoothie