Sustainable cassava beer offers a new use for a Brazilian staple

Brewers are to launch a series of local beer brands made using cassava, purchasing the root from small independent farmers in disadvantaged areas

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While the name may vary — mandioca in São Paulo and Minas Gerais, aipim in Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo, or macaxeira in the Northeast and parts of the North — cassava is one of Brazil’s culinary staples. Native to South America, where it has been grown since ancient times, cassava is now one of the main food sources for hundreds of millions of people around the world, particularly in poor countries.

The origins of consuming cassava in Brazil began with indigenous communities, who extracted the starch from the root to make tapioca, eaten in various forms around...

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