After grains, cassava is the most abundant source of industrial starch for processors. In Asia the crop is consumed as dried chips for both animal feed and ethanol, while even greater volumes are destined for starch production. Across Africa and particularly South America, cassava is also processed into much smaller quantities of starch alongside a wide range of flours and processed food products. Nevertheless most of the world’s cassava crop is not processed commercially at all, but is consumed directly as a simply processed fresh food product with traditional names such as farofa, gari or fufu.
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