The Cassava Man: Dominican history and tradition in a roadside treat    

Photo by Adrian Joseph

Cassava, or manioc, as it is commonly called in Dominica, is as Caribbean as the Amerindians who first made the Caribbean their home.  According to our famed historian Dr. Lennox Honychurch, the Igneri, a group of Arawakan speakers who first arrived in Dominica in 400AD, farmed and processed cassava as part of their daily living. So, growing up, Cassava was very much viewed as native to our Kalinago people, deeply rooted in Dominican history and culture.  It was food for the everyday Dominican, relatively inexpensive, fairly available, and importantly, delicious. Moreover, cassava was known as a staple with  many health benefits, which, our older people in Dominica would summarize simply as it was “good for your sugar.”

Today, in a world where more and more people look to reduce wheat intake in their diet as allergies have become more prevalent, cassava and other alternatives for wheat have grown in appeal.  And Glenworth Cyrille, better known as The Cassava Man, has built a beautiful business that brings this special Dominican food and experience to the streets of Roseau, so that both Dominicans and tourists alike can enjoy this island tradition in a more modern and accessible form.

For Glenworth, who was raised in Calibishie, cassava is a family business. While he started his business only about eight years ago, he says both his grandmother and his mother leveraged cassava as a form of economy. But he’s updated the business model and brought cassava from the classic oven to a flat top grill and serves takeaway meals and snacks at popular spots around Roseau. I usually check first at the Old Market for the Cassava Man, or at the front of Whitchurch IGA grocery store.  There is usually a line, but it’s well worth the wait. Most Dominicans also know that you can order and come back for pick up.

Photo by Adrian Joseph

I stood in line three times in the last two weeks watching the Cassava Man put on what can only be described as a food show.  The grinded cassava is slapped onto the grill from a bowl and made into a pancake, then cooked to perfection. The smells emanating around you as the flatbread turns brown on the grill are enticing. My favorite item on the menu is the saltfish wrap, but the dessert options, especially the raisin with ginger, are also delicious. And with every bite, you are assured of one thing, The Cassava Man brings you every piece of this Dominican history, with pure love, and it’s a bit off food heaven right there on the roadside in our island paradise.

Copyright 2012 Dominica News Online, DURAVISION INC. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.

Disclaimer: The comments posted do not necessarily reflect the views of and its parent company or any individual staff member. All comments are posted subject to approval by We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • contain any material which violates or infringes the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or are purely ad hominem attacks
  • a reasonable person would consider abusive or profane
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote prejudice or prejudicial hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are off-topic and/or excessively long

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.


  1. Dominican Bwoi
    January 17, 2023

    As soon as I saw that photo instead of a Kalinago person in the Kalinago Territory, I said to myself “This smells like an advertisement to me”. And the more I read, the more my thoughts were confirmed accurate…

    …DNO. Mr. Admin. How much did the “Cassava Man” pay you to write this?

    ADMIN: This is a free press release which we did not write. The author is at the top of the article.

  2. Hgen Chen
    January 16, 2023

    His Red outfit is his permit. I would do that to if I wanted to survive in Dominica. But maybe not.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 2 Thumb down 12
    • Annoyed Reader
      January 16, 2023

      You do realize it’s is pink and not red 🙄

    • For Dominica Only
      January 17, 2023

      Everything is not politics.

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available