These large black tapioca pearls are famously used in a Taiwanese drink called ‘boba’ or bubble tea. These large coloured tapioca pearls are gelatinous spheres made from a natural starch extracted from a cassava shrub. The quick-cook tapioca pearls are already part-cooked, so are ready in just 5 minutes. The black tapioca pearls are coloured with caramel. Multi-coloured quick-cook tapioca pearls are also available.
Boba tea is a milk-based drink with a handful of the pearl balls at the bottom of the glass – sucked up through an extra-wide straw. Tapioca pearls are also used in South Asian desserts, boiled up with coconut milk until they take on a jelly baby-like consistency. Or simply mixed with sugar and honey.
To cook the quick-cook black tapioca pearls bring a pan of water to the boil - use 10 cups of water for every 1 cup of tapioca pearls. Add the pearls slowly and stir gently. Wait until they rise to the surface. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes until soft, stirring regularly. Transfer to a bowl of cold water for 20 seconds. Scoop out the tapioca pearls and mix together with sugar or honey for a quick dessert. Learn more in our guide to bubble tea.
Ingredients: tapioca starch 42%, water, corn starch, colour (sulphite ammonia caramel), thickener E412, preservative E262(ii), flavouring.
Allergy Advice: for allergens see ingredients listed in bold.
Storage: keep away from direct sunlight and store in a cool, dry place. Consume soon after opening.
Depending on availability, brands and packaging may differ from those in the photographs.
- Use to make Taiwanese bubble tea
- Made from natural starch
- Part-cooked, ready in 5 minutes
- Coloured with caramel
- Mix cooked pearls with sugar syrup for a quick dessert
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