Tapioca is an essentially flavorless starchy ingredient, or fecula,
produced from treated and dried cassava (manioc) root and used in
cooking. It is similar to sago and is commonly used to make a milky
pudding similar to rice pudding. Purchased tapioca comprises many small
white spheres each about 2 mm in diameter. These are not seeds, but
rather reconstituted processed root. The processing concept is akin to
the way that wheat is turned into pasta.
The cassava plant can either have red or green branches. The toxin found
in the root of the red-branched variant is less harmful to humans than
the green-branched variety. Therefore, while the root of the
red-branched variant can be consumed directly, the root of the
green-branched variant requires treatment to remove the toxin.
It is processed into either fine dried flakes, or more commonly, small
hard white spheres or "pearls" that are soaked before use. These spheres
are a common ingredient in Southeast Asian desserts, in puddings such as
tapioca pudding, and in drinks such as bubble tea where they provide a
chewy contrast to the sweetness of the drink. Cassava flour (tapioca
flour) is commonly used as a food thickener, and is also used as a
binder in pharmaceutical tablets. In Malaysia, fried tapioca crisps are
one of the many selections found in the local snack kacang putih.
A typical recipe for tapioca jelly can be made by washing 2
tablespoonfuls of tapioca, pouring a pint of water over it, and soaking
for three hours. It is then placed over low heat and simmered until
quite clear. If too thick, a little boiling water can be added. It can
be sweetened with white sugar, flavored with coconut milk or a little
wine, and eaten alone or with cream.
In Brazilian cuisine, tapioca is a dessert made by combining tapioca
with shredded coconut. The tapioca is stirred, drained through a sieve,
fried into a tortilla shape, and sprinkled with coconut. It is then
filled with either your choice of "doce" (sweet) or "salgado" (salty)
ingredients. Choices range from chocolate, bananas with condensed milk,
chocolate with bananas, to various forms of meats. The ending result is
folded much like a Mexican taco and served warm.
One four page Patent Document Sealed by
the Patent Office dated June 19, 1907. Also Included: Certificate
of Registration of Trademark for "Tapioca for Food" dated July 13, 1937
with albino embossed Patent Office Seal and a Letters Patent Renewal
Receipt for £7 dated June 19, 1913 with albino embossed Patent Office
Seal. All Documents in Very Fine Condition with normal folds.
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