Cassava plantation

Cassava plantation

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cassava plantation. Cassava plants (Manihot esculenta) growing on a plantation in a forest clearing. These plants are grown for their edible starch-filled tuberous roots that are a staple food in South America. The roots are boiled and fried for use in many traditional dishes. They are also made into flour, tapioca, fermented to produce an alcoholic drink and used as cattle feed. The roots contain varying amounts of the poison prussic acid, depending on variety and soil conditions. To remove this the roots must be peeled, and boiled or pressed before consumption. Photographed in the Bilsa Reserve, Mache-Chindul mountains, Ecuador.

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