Unlike the typical boba, Tea Zone White Tapioca is white in color before and after preparation. Also known as "tapioca balls" or "black 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. Tea Zone tapioca is packaged and vacuum sealed, allowing a shelf life of 6 months. Packaging design may differ from product photo.