They say beauty is only skin deep, and these furry ugly tubers prove it. Being born in Cuba, I grew up on these “viandas” as my mother called them. Little did I know that beneath their external poor little ugly root vegetable appearance, would be wondrous healing properties. Malanga, the purplish colored tuber, can be used just like potato… but it’s much healthier! When you peel the malanga you will feel it will be slimy, but don’t worry! This slimy texture supports gastrointestinal lining integrity and has been used in Caribbean countries to treat ulcers. It is a very high potassium food supporting the lowering of blood pressure and is also cholesterol-lowering due to its high fiber properties. Best of all, although a starch, it is low on the glycemic index so it will support blood sugar balance. The other tuber featured here is Yucca root. This root is known for support of sulfur and nitric oxide processing. The resveratrol and saponins present in yucca root have been directly linked to anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, making it a very good natural treatment for inflammation issues, particularly arthritis. It also supports heart health, blood sugar control, is high in vitamin C which supports adrenal function, improves heart health, and aids in liver detoxification. Both are gluten-free, which means you can use the flour to bake any delicious recipes with! Ugly? I don’t think so.