In America, it is commonly known as tapioca. This root is consumed worldwide and is part of the world’s most eaten carbohydrates. Facts aside, do not eat it raw. It can kill you with its cyanogenic glucosides component. Soak it for a day to make sure the fruit doesn’t release hydrogen cyanide. Alternatively, you can try cooking it very thoroughly to make sure you get rid of the nasty elements. This is safe to do because some tapioca has less cyanogenic glucosides.