|Tapioca pudding photo from the USDA|
Just what is tapioca? According to wonderopolis.com, it is "a starch that’s made from the root of a plant whose scientific name is Manihot esculenta. This plant is native to much of South America and the Caribbean, but it is grown worldwide today. The world’s main producers of the plant are Brazil, Nigeria and Thailand."
Some people think tapioca is gross because of the small little pearl-like things in it -- I've heard people refer to them as little eggs or eyeballs.
But I've got to say, I LOVE tapioca pudding. Wish I had some right now.