Many of you who have tried Tapioca pudding in the past, know that Tapioca are chewy, pearl like looking, tiny balls, which are typically sweet in taste. However, people who’ve never heard of Tapioca and are now just hearing about the trending Bubble Tea to know all about Tapioca and the impact it has had on the delicious beverage – Bubble Tea, which is also, known as Boba Tea.
With that said, we are here to answer a bunch of questions that you may be asking yourself about Tapioca and Bubble Tea.
For starters, it originates from Taiwan. This became really popular amongst school kids in Taiwan. These tea shops have played a great role in spreading Bubble Tea worldwide including in The United States in New York City and in New Jersey.
What makes this really unique and delicious is the Tapioca pearls that are used in these drinks. Typically, the Tapioca pearls used in Bubble Tea are much bigger than the ones found in Tapioca pudding and the chewy Tapioca pearls float around this popular beverage.
Here are some cool facts you may want to know about Tapioca, especially if you haven’t had your first Bubble Tea beverage, which we highly recommend:
Before Tapioca pearls are added into Bubble Tea they look like perfectly, small round balls.
However, before Tapioca is turned into adorable little balls, they look like a root. Tapioca comes from Cassava Root, which is also, known as “Yuca” in many parts of the world. Cassava Root is typically cultivated and consumed in tropical regions, such as Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic and other Caribbean regions and countries in South America. Although, Cassava Root started off in Northern Brazil as time passed – it made its way across Africa, Asia and South America.
Cassava Root is primarily valued for its capabilities to cultivate in soils that are low in nutrients. Despite this disadvantage they harvest rather rapidly, which is pretty great to say the least… Furthermore, Cassava Root is very much loved for its culinary versatility. There’s an array of ways that Cassava Root can be utilized. For example, can be used in soups, can be mashed up (like mash potatoes) and can be fried, much like French fries. Last, but certainly not least – Cassava Root is used to make Tapioca!
Basically, Tapioca is a starch, which is extracted out of the Cassava Root. It’s often used as a thickening element in many types of foods. For instance, it can be made into flour. It is extremely similar to the consistency of corn starch. In addition, it can beamed into Tapioca pearls that vary in size. However, we like it best when it’s in Bubble Tea.