Interpreting the Evidence
Workers Scraping Manioc Roots, 1933
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Workers scraping manioc (cassava) roots in the State of Bahia, 1933.
Manioc, or cassava, was a staple food for the natives of Brazil. Raw manioc is poisonous, but Indigenous groups developed a way to extract the poisonous juices and make it into flour. This flour is known today as farinha de mandioca (manioc meal) and is still an important part of the Brazilian diet. Manioc is a versatile food. From manioc, we also get tapioca. Sweet manioc, which is not poisonous, can also be boiled and eaten like potatoes or fried like French fries.
How does geography impact human settlement and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and discuss the impact of geography on the local economy.
On what other continent is manioc grown? How did it get there?
Science: How is the poison taken out of manioc? Are there any other foods you know of that can be poisonous?
English Language Arts: Write instructions in your own words for making flour from manioc.
Family & Consumer Sciences: What other foods are eaten in Brazil? Cook a meal from Brazilian recipes.