In the book New Digital Worlds by Roopika Risam, it is stated that "the cultural digital record is in danger of telling the story of humanity from the perspective of the Global North alone” (6). I believe that cassava flour, being a trendy health food that is displayed on many health blogs and being promoted at stores like Whole Foods, is at risk of having its important history unacknowledged. It is important to remember where cassava flour came from, how it was made, and who ate it for survival rather than a trend. Cassava flour was used as a ground provision in the Caribbean for slaves. It was also eaten by the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean who were the first to figure out how to eat it by trial and error.
Next time we walk into a store like Whole Foods and see cassava flour on the shelf or see cassava flour in a blog it is important that we acknowledge its roots and remember where it came from.
Source: Risam, Roopika. New Digital Worlds Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy. Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern University Press, 2019.