Tea Zone Grade A Tapioca can be prepared in a faster time than typical tapioca. Also known as "tapioca balls" or "pearls", boba originated in Taiwan and are made of the starch derived from cassava root. When prepared perfectly, boba becomes sweet, chewy, and translucent with a gummy bear-like texture. Available in 1/4" and 1/8", Tea Zone boba is packaged and vacuum sealed, allowing a shelf life of 6 months. Packaging design may differ from product photo.