I found out that “Boba” in Castellano means, “Foolish woman.”
Therefore, “Boba Loca” is a pretty mean thing to say to someone here.
Have you ever wondered what Boba is made of? I had absolutely no idea. I finally decided to research tapioca pearls and see if it was possible to make it, find it, or ship it?
First I read that tapioca balls are made from the starch extracted from Casseva Roots. I looked up Casseva roots on Wikipedia. The root grows in subtropical to tropical climates and its a long root that is a brownish color. I looked over at Shin and said, “Huh. Wouldn’t it be funny if this was mandioca?” Then, as I skimmed the highlighted words, I saw the word, “Mandioca.”
OH MY GOSH!!
Mandioca is only the most common root sold in Paraguay. It’s as common as grass and really cheap in the markets. It’s a daily food staple for most Paraguayans.
We see the plant all the time in people’s backyards!!
We are so going to try to make boba at home one of these days!! It should be a cinch finding mandioca starch in the supermercados. We’ll keep you updated!!!
(I will replace these images with our own!)