Tapioca Pearls is known as Boba in China, and Sabudana or Sago in India. It is cultivated worldwide and is a staple diet in many regions. Tapioca is native to Brazil and was taken to South America, Africa and Asia by explorers. It is popular ingredient in China and India.
Tapioca is made from starch extracted from cassava root. When soaked in water, the Tapioca balls increase 3-4 times in size, and become chewy. Tapioca is often used in wine, tea, and other drinks to give the drinks a chewy contrast. It is also used in puddings, and as a thickening agent. Tapioca does not have a distinct taste of its own. Therefore, it is used with other ingredients and flavoring syrups. It comes in various colors, traditionally brown and white.
Tapioca Pearls/Sabudana/Sago Recipes:
Chinese/Japanese Bubble Tea
Sabudana Papad (chips)
Indian Sabudana Khichdi/Porridge
Tapioca Fruit Slush
Taho (Tofu+Tapioca+Sugar Syrup)