cassava plant

Cassava is one tough plant because it can grow in poor and infertile soil in most tropical environments. Cassava is an important food resource for people all over the world. This bushy plant has roots that weigh as much as 30 pounds! These heavy roots are sometimes mashed into yummy pancakes or sliced and fried like potato chips. Cassava leaves are high in vitamins and minerals.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of Roger Harris, Jungle Photos.