Food shortages force Cubans to make ice cream from cassava

Cuba’s socialist economy has led to six decades of rationing, food shortages, and in this case, having to make ice cream out of the cassava plant.

Via Periodico Cubano (my translation):

For the second time in two months, an event in Havana focused on the consumption of cassava by Cubans in the midst of a food crisis. Raul Garcia presented an ice cream made with “catibia,” which is a product that comes from cassava mass that is grated, pressed, and squeezed.

State-run media such as the Havana Tribune reported on the curious dessert as part of a meeting where participants shared and explained their recipes based on the yuca plant.

The exchange, named “casabacha,” was promoted with cultural elements of aboriginal Cubans and organized by the Yucasabi company along with the participation of the Culinary Association’s project La Moneda Cubana. Students from two primary schools in Old Havana were invited to the event to taste their samples.

Of course, the Castro dictatorship makes a big deal out of this sad attempt to cover for the scarcity of food on the island. How else could you get people excited to eat ice cream that had to be made from a root vegetable since there’s not enough milk or sugar because of your corruption and mismanagement?

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