The mandioca or cassava (Manihot utilissima) from which it is made is supposed to be indigenous, though it is not found wild.
He feeds on leaves and many kinds of fruit, and sometimes does much injury in the mandioca fields of the Indians.
We also saw melons growing in abundance, as well as mandioca and Indian corn.
To plant a field of mandioca, the stems of the old plants are cut into bits about four inches long, and stuck in the ground.
The most interesting subject connected with our trip was the cultivation and preparation of the mandioca.
Around was the plantation of mandioca and cacao, with here and there a few coffee-shrubs.
The principal agricultural products are cotton, coffee, sugar, mandioca and tropical fruits.
A field of mandioca, when ripe, looks something like a nursery of young plants.
The mandioca, which loves a dry soil, was grown on the hillsides among the orange and the coffee trees.
The town (founded in 1725) is situated in a fertile country producing cotton, tobacco, Indian corn, sugar-cane and mandioca.