Does anyone know how to translate tapioca into Spanish? I live in Chile and not all translations are the same. Thanks.
Elizabeth from Chile
Here is the wikipedia entry about tapioca.
It mentions these alternate names for it, maybe one will be what you are looking for.
mandioca, aipim, macaxeira, manioca, boba, yuca or kappa. It is a starchy pearl product made from cassava root.
If they have international or Asian food stores or sections, you might be able to find it there. Bubble Tea is common in Japan and other parts of Asia and is made with tapioca.
Here's some interesting info I got off the internet:
The word for tapioca comes from the Tupi language of what is now known as Brazil. It integrates ty for juice,pya, or heart,and oca, for remove. The Tupi word for the food is tipi'oca, in a reference to the way in which the food is extracted.
Tapioca is also called Mandioca, Cassava & Manioc or Yucca or in Brazil "Tipioca"
All over the world have adopted tapioca for use in their own cuisine.
Tapioca is extracted from the root of the Cassava plant. Cassava is a shrub-like plant native to South America, cultivated for its edible roots. It is also known as manioc, and it has played an important rule in the cuisine of many South American peoples. Unfortunately for the people who like to eat it, cassava on its own has toxins which can be dangerous in large amounts. Therefore, the root must be treated before they can be used in food products. *If it's not processed correctly, it can be toxic!
Tapioca is a word derived from the Tupi language of Brazil (from tipi'óka). This refers to the process through which cassava (Manihot esculenta) is made edible. It should be noted, however, that as the word moved out of South America it came to refer to similar preparations made with other esculents: 'Tapioca' in Britain often refers to a rice pudding thickened with arrowroot, while in Asia the sap of the Sago palm is often part of its preparation.
Manioc in Spanish is mandioca.
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