starch extracted from cassava root (Manihot esculenta)

Tapioca (Portuguese pronunciation: [tapiˈɔkɐ]) is a starch extracted from cassava root (Manihot esculenta). This species is native to the North Region of Brazil, but spread throughout the South American continent. The plant was carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies, and continents of Africa and Asia, including the Philippines and Taiwan. It is now cultivated worldwide.

Tapioca starch

Tapioca starch has been used to make some foods, such as pão de queijo.[1]


  1. "Pão de queijo is the history of Brazil in a moreish cheese snack". the Guardian. 2017-06-25. Retrieved 2021-05-24.