Cassava is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize. Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. It is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, capable of growing on marginal soils. Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava.
The following nutrients are found in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of boiled cassava (2):
Carbs: 27 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Thiamine: 20% of the RDI
Phosphorus: 5% of the RDI
Calcium: 2% of the RDI
Riboflavin: 2% of the RDI
Boiled cassava root also contains small amounts of iron, vitamin C and niacin (2).
Overall, the nutrition profile of cassava is unremarkable.