Abstract: Sequel to the importance of cassava as a staple food for many and a source of starch and gums with widening applications in many domestic and in industrial operations, the physico-chemical assessment and applications of some common cassava varieties: Manihot esculenta (T.MS 3055), Manihot esculenta (T.MS 30572) and Manihot utilissima (tree cassava) were undertaken. Results were obtained for percentage starch yield, fat content, ash, moisture and amylose content of the cassava varieties using standard methods. Gums produced from the starch of the three varieties were examined for adhesive strength and drying time and compared with commercial gums as standard. The results show that manihot utilissima showed better industrial potentials than the other two varieties T.MS 3055 and T.MS 30572 which gave better nutritive value indices.
Sunday Onyekwere Eze and Adannaya Azubuike, 2010. Assessment of the Physicochemical Properties and Applications of Some Cassava Varieties. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 5: 309-314.