Having tasted a local cassava and finding it unpalatable, I want to avoid growing just any variety for fear of wasting time and precious space on something I'm going to dislike. But cassava is a very useful and productive starch crop... I want to grow it! I would get over my moderate dislike of it if all cassava were the same, but I know there are better-tasting varieties out there, which further fuels my search for it. I was tempted to buy "Sweet Jamaican Red" on eBay, but besides not shipping to PR, I'm not sure if it's as good as they say.
I read David the Good's blog on his experiences with cassava, and he seems quite finicky about it... Like me! Apparently, out of the many varieties he's tasted, the only one he found tasty and free of even the slightest bitter aftertaste was "Butterstick" / "Butter Stick" (not sure about the spelling, someone correct me)... That one, and a red-leaved variety (¿Jamaican Red?), but Butter Stick was better.
I also follow David and am hopeful to try some cassava here in 7b. We'll see how it goes! I did go ahead and buy some sweet Jamaican red.
Supposedly there are some varieties that will yield decently after just 6 months. I have been looking for some of those and butterstick as well.
If you find a butterstick supplier, let me know please! :)
It looks like it's time for me to write you a reality check! Or maybe a tiny ad!