super roots Super Yuca


Basic information

First grown as a food crop around 4000 years ago in South America, yuca- also known as manioc or cassava -is a tuber that has gained global popularity because of its nutritional similarities to the potato. This food is very high in carbohydrates, it is an organic molecule loaded with energy. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, compounds the body must have to grow and develop correctly.

Seasonal availability

All year round.

Human health benefits

Super yuca is full of carbohydrates, which account for a large percentage of the energy the body uses and are ideal for athletes or situations requiring great physical or mental strain, especially for growing children or teenagers. As a low-fat food, it is also recommended for people who want to lose weight. It is also easy to digest, making it perfect for people who suffer from digestive disorders like gastritis, heartburn, ulcers or colitis.

People with celiac disease (a gluten allergy) can incorporate yuca into their diet because it is gluten-free. Its high vitamin B9 (folic acid) content makes it good for pregnant women and those breast feeding.

It is also rich in carbohydrates in the form of starch. 100 grams of this food contain 168 calories.



Super yuca originated in the Amazon basin, but it captured the interest of the whole world because of its delicious flavor and high nutritional value. It now grows in different tropical climates: in the wet and hot lowlands, in mid-altitude tropical areas and in subtropical regions with cold winters and rainy summers. This plant can grow in dry or poor soil, and in areas with sporadic rainfall or long dry spells, so it is comparatively more hearty than other crops.

Yuca has vitamin A, which is essential for tooth formation and health. This nutrient is also vital to humans because it generates the pigments we need for our retina to work and thus plays an important role in developing good eyesight.

It also contains vitamin C, a substance that prevents aging and helps absorb other vitamins and minerals, acting as a natural antioxidant. The leaves of the yuca plant also have vitamins B, B2, B3, B6, B9, K and B17, which help boost the blood’s red blood cell count. It also has minerals like zinc, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and copper that provide energy.

The international boom of this superfood gives farmers a chance to intensify production and increase their earnings.

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Geographical distribution