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Natural cassava

Cassava (manioc)    None Given

I would like to buy non-hybrid cassava / yuca stems for commercial growing. Where in the world can I find them? They must be completely natural untouched / modified by science.


Posted by: William (1 point) William
Posted: June 16, 2016




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Unfortunately almost all (if not all) edible plants have been bred in some way. The original cassava was much smaller and yielded very little. Cassava was originally cultivated in Brazil and Paraguay and today it has been given the status of a "cultigen" with no wild forms of this species being known. You could try getting some wild types found in nature, but those will still have cross-bred with domesticated varieties at some point in history.


Posted by: Kathryn Fiedler (72 points) Kathryn Fiedler
Posted: June 17, 2016


William commented,
I am told cassava originated from Brazil. Are the varieties there still what they were hundreds of years ago? Do you know of a company that sells the stems?
over 3 years ago.



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As long as it is not hybrid or genetically modified, that would be acceptable to me.


Posted by: William (1 point) William
Posted: June 18, 2016




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Cassava has almost never been subject to plant breeding. It is difficult to get it to flower and most people vegatively propagate it. There is some research now trying to develop cassava breeding but any new cultivars are a long time off. Therefore, any cassava you find in the store is most likely non-hybrid.


Posted by: Gregory Inzinna (3 points) Gregory Inzinna
Posted: June 22, 2016




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