Caribbean Root Vegetables

It’s time to head into the kitchen, but before beginning to cook, we need a crash course in the tubers that abound in the cooking of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. There’s true yam that comes in multiple varieties. And then the fun starts. One man’s yucca is another’s cassava. And another’s yautia might also be called tannia, cocoyam, taro, dasheen, or malanga! Chef Alfredo Ayala walks us through the many varieties of tubers and tells us how each is used. For recipes, visit

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