Boba translates to “big pearls” in Taiwanese and is often referred to as bubble tea. The “pearls” are tapioca that is boiled, soaked in something sweet such a sugar or honey and placed in a fruity green or black tea beverage. Yep, I thought it was odd at first too.
Then I tried it and fell in love!
Tapioca pearls are little bundles of goodness that I can only describe as a gummy bear in the shape of a tiny ball - smaller than a marble but, bigger than a BB. The texture is pleasing and rather than pop; they are slightly chewy. I am willing to bet that a Boba tea shop has opened in your neighborhood or will be soon. Although it seems to be a recent phenomenon, it has been around for years, originating in Asia nearly thirty years ago.