Growing up in a Latin household, you’re probably already familiar with yuca, also known as cassava or manioca. But there’s a reason your mom let you eat yuca fry after yuca fry without any objection: the root vegetable is a longtime staple of Latin American cuisine not only because of its delicious starchy flavor but also for its healthy powers fighting inflammation and even high blood pressure. Now that Mom is not always around to cook the veggie for you, it’s time to try your hand at making the comfort food. Yuca can be mashed or steamed, or even cooked in soups or desserts – seriously! Keep scrolling for nine recipes to get you started, then check out 125+ ideas for every Summer party.