Deep fried cassava root pieces, served with hogao. Yuca (not Yucca) is a root crop. Yuca is Manihot esculenta, and in some countries, it is called cassava. It is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, and so, is grown in the Northern Territory of Australia. In Colombia, it is peeled, boiled, then deep-fried into delicious strips of starchy chips.