Tapioca is a starch extracted from the root of the Mandioca native to the Amazon and found anywhere in Brazil. Tapioca is a word derived from tipi’óka, for this starch in Tupi native language. Tapioca is stirred, drained and fried into a tortilla shape, and often sprinkled with coconut. Then it may may be filled or topped with either sweet or salty ingredients, as butter, cheese, chocolate, bananas, etc.