Manihot esculenta ‘Sweet’

Sweet Cassava

A fast-growing, evergreen woody tropical shrub with long, tapered, swollen tuberous roots and attractive, palmate, finger-like leaves.  Small red or green flowers are borne in summer.  The roots can be cooked and used like potatoes, but special care has to be taken and proper research done in the preparation of it.  It contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium and fibre.

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Full sun
Let soil dry out between watering. Drought and heat tolerant once established.
Adaptable to most soil conditions
Sensitive to frost. Protect plant and mulch roots during winter
The starchy roots are used to produce gluten-free flour and foods
As a low-gluten food it promotes gut health and supports the liver and kidneys.