Tapioca pearls are gelatinous spheres made from a natural starch extracted from a cassava shrub.
These tapioca pearls are famously used in a Taiwanese drink called ‘boba’ or bubble tea.
The Boba is served most often cold, sometimes hot, and blended like a smoothie or shaken like a cocktail.
USE – To cook the quick-cook black tapioca pearls bring a pan of water to the boil – use 10 cups of water for every 1 cup of tapioca pearls. Add the pearls slowly and stir gently. Wait until they rise to the surface. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes until soft, stirring regularly. Transfer to a bowl of cold water for 20 seconds. Scoop out the tapioca pearls and mix together with sugar or honey for a quick dessert.