CASABE: FROM POI­SON TO DE­LI­CACY

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Casabe, or na­ti­ves’ bread as it was na­med by Spa­nish con­quis­ta­dors, was the main food for na­ti­ve po­pu­la­tions in se­ve­ral Ca­rib­bean re­gions. It was a key ele­ment in the sprea­ding of Tai­nos th­roug­hout the in­su­lar Ca­rib­bean and af­ter­wards. Du­ring the conquest of the Ame­ri­cas, it re­pla­ced bread and be­ca­me an es­sen­tial pro­vi­sion in the vo­ya­ges to the New World. As an in­ter­es­ting cha­rac­te­ris­tic, it is made out of a poi­so­nous ma­te­rial.

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