Where to buy it, how to use it, and more!
Tapioca starch (also called tapioca flour or tapioca powder) is a white, gluten-free flour that comes from the cassava plant, a root vegetable that grows in South America.
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Where to buy good tapioca starch
Anthony’s has good tapioca starch.
Is tapioca starch a healthy food?
Tapioca is extracted from the cassava root, which means it is somewhat refined. However, it is a much healthier option than corn starch and some other thickeners.
Different varieties of tapioca
Tapioca comes in powdered form, as well as in “pearls” or granules.
How do you use tapioca and tapioca starch/flour/powder?
Tapioca has a neutral flavor, so it works well in both sweet and savory recipes.
It can be used as a thickener (for gravies, sauces, pies, etc.) and as one of the flours in gluten-free baking. Tapioca starch also works well as a substitute for corn starch in most recipes.
Tapioca pearls and granules can be used to make puddings.
One of the benefits of tapioca starch is that, unlike foods made from other starches, foods made from tapioca starch can be frozen and still retain their texture.
Recipes that use tapioca
How to store tapioca
Tapioca is best stored in a cool, dry place.