Yuca is extremely versatile, and can be used similarly to a potato. Boil and mash, puree, deep fry, or roast. It’s popularly used to make fries, cakes, dumplings, and crispy chips. Yuca stars in many traditional dishes such as West African fufu (served with sauces or stews), Caribbean stews like sancocho, South American yuca-based empanadas, and even desserts like Honduran yuca cake. Yuca is gluten-free and easily digestible, making starches and flours processed from the root a great gluten-free substitute for people with celiac disease or other digestive sensitivities.