Malanga is a root that grows primarily in tropical regions. It’s a staple food in many cultures across the world, mainly as a source of carbohydrates.
Malanga has many of the same micronutrients as potatoes, including vitamin C, various B vitamins, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, and iron (source).
Paleo And Autoimmune Protocol
The main reason many people on a Paleo diet choose to cook with malanga is that it’s a fair substitute for potatoes, but it’s not a nightshade. For those following an autoimmune protocol, or know they have issues digesting nightshades, malanga can be cooked and eaten much like potatoes.
Malanga is also considered a safe starch because it has more fiber than potatoes. That fiber helps slow the digestion of the carbs, putting malanga lower on the glycemic index than potatoes.