What was your favorite comfort or treat food as a kid? One of mine was tapioca pudding in the tin can with a pull-top lid – remember those? Turns out tapioca is less of a kid's treat and more of a traditional starchy Carribean food consumed for ages. Locally it's known as cassava or yuca, but in this bag from Artisan Tropic it's known as a delicious snack chip, fried in natural palm oil and dusted with enough salt to make them addictive. Dig in, crunch, smile. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Food knowledge and trends can go through interesting stages as folks figure out what they should eat and what they should (mostly) avoid. There was even a strange time window when low-fat was still pretty important but carbs were starting to get the stink-eye. Honestly this wasn't too long ago and it still lingers on. Ask me about the time(s) I told my mom that eggs for breakfast were probably going to help with the mid-morning snacking better than her fat-free sugar free yogurt with dried fruit on top... Anyway, we are seeing more good food knowledge being spread around than ever before, and that's a great place to be. It means that we can recognize there is a place for traditional foods cooked with traditional fats (even though fast food chains probably won't bring back french fries with lard anytime soon).
Speaking of traditional foods and traditional oils, how about some light and starchy yuca strips crisped up in tropical palm oil? These are simply called Cassava Strips by Artisan Tropical, a North Carolina company with a Colombia history. Each chip is lighter than air and crunchy like a kettle chip, lingering on the tongue with potent crunch and salt. The flavor is very mild and perfect for guacamole or salsa, or just right out of the bag. Stuff them into a wrap whether you favor soft corn tortillas or lettuce; they'll add a bit of crunch to anything you can imagine.
Why Cassava Strips are so good for you
Sustainably sourced palm oil is the frying fat of choice for Artisan Tropic. Why? There are a lot of good things to be said about this oil.
- Palm Oil is cholesterol free and since it does not require hydrogenation, it is also trans fat free.
- It is a rich source of Vitamin E.
- Palm oil is the richest natural source of Beta-Carotene (pro-vitamin A).
- Refined, mostly polyunsaturated, vegetable oils that most people believe to be the healthiest now a days, have very few, if any, available nutrients and are actually oxidized, or rancid and add free radicals to the body. They are most certainly unstable when heated.
Here are some of the amazing nutrients in Cassava Strips
Cassava has a high content of Vitamin B3, which helps to lower cholesterol.
Its rich source of absorb-able manganese helps in the process of repairing joints.
Vitamin C is very well-recognized as a "good thing" but also, still, a critical nutrient to keep tissue growth normal and protect against oxidation. Cassava, like many vegetables, have ample Vitamin C.
How to eat Cassava Strips
I don't need to tell you how to eat chips, do I? Nah. But putting them all crumbled up on top of a salad or eggs is pretty awesome.
About Artisan Tropic, in their own words
Let's let them tell their own story: "Artisan Tropic is a family adventure fueled by our family’s passion for healthy living. In 1994, we moved to Charlotte, North Carolina from Bogotá, Colombia (South America). Charlotte has become home and is very dear to our hearts. We love to dance. We love soccer. We love family. And we LOVE to eat healthy. Why?
In 2011, our youngest daughter was very sick. After getting many different opinions and undergoing various treatments, we could not figure out what was wrong with her so we took her to a holistic nutritionist. She went through some pretty drastic dietary changes and her body began to heal. It was hard but we are so thankful that we went through it all.
From this experience we learned the importance of whole food nutrition and the way God made our bodies to function and heal with the proper fuel. Our family became very passionate about eating healthy so we decided to create our own brand of healthy snacks.
That’s how Artisan Tropic began. Our desire is to share our family’s healthy adventure with you."
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