Tapioca Flour and Tapioca Starch?Update: 7/14/2017
What is difference was between Tapioca Starch and Tapioca Flour?
Tapioca starch and tapioca flour are the same thing. Asian type markets and products tend to label it as tapioca starch, but there is no difference in the actual products. They are the same.
So what is Tapioca Flour?
Tapioca flour comes from the root of the cassava plant. It basically the same thing as tapioca pearls. After, tapioca flour has been ground into a a flour. It is used for pudding.
When over used in a recipe though tapioca flour can make food slimy and can also add a strong taste to the final product. Most recipes need some tapioca starch, but not too much, and finding that balance can sometimes be hard.
Tapioca flour can also be used as a thickener in sauces and gravy, but it is not my favorite thickener to use because I have found that it tends to make the sauce a bit slimy.
In sum, tapioca flour is gift from nature. We can create delicious foods by Tapioca.