Yuca Root (Manihot esculenta)
Yuca Root (Manihot esculenta)
Yuca Root (Manihot esculenta)
Yuca Root (Manihot esculenta)

Yuca Root (Manihot esculenta)

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Yuca is a fast-growing plant with a very unique tropical look! Yuca, also popularly known as Cassava, is a native to South America, where it grows abundantly in warm sunny locations. Growing Yuca in the garden is one of the most effortless and rewarding plants to grow and harvest. You can grow Yuca as a perennial or an annual plant both outdoors and in!  Yuca can easily be grown in a container and overwintered outdoors if needed.

The Yuca's roots are a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, and high-value calories. Yucca root is actually quite similar to a potato but contains more protein, calories, and carbs.  Cassava has been an important source of food to indigenous peoples in the Americas for thousands of years. Today, Yuca is cultivated as a staple food source in much of Africa, as well as the Caribbean and other parts of South America. Yuca has many culinary uses, from yuca fries to tapioca!

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How to Grow Yuca Root

Plant Type: Rhizomatous Perennial or Annual Shrub 

Harvest Season: Harvesting can begin as soon as 8 months after planting.

Mature Size: 12 ft. tall with equal spread at it's largest. Easy to grow and mantain in a container

Soil & Moisture: Grows in rich, loose, sandy soils which are moist, fertile, and deep.

Exposure: Full Sun, Light Shade

Zone Hardiness: 8-11

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