There are two types of cassava, the bitter and the sweet. Both are widely used and are edible. Cassava leaves can be steamed and eaten as a vegetable.
Medicinal and other uses:
a. Freshly cut cassava can be applied to snakebites, boils and external ulcers to promote healing.
b. It can also be grated and applied as a poultice for eczema and abscesses.
c. The fresh leave applied to the head will relieve headaches.
Credit: LMH Dictionary of Jamaican Herbs
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