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Try one — ONE — petal, not only blossom, one petal and wait 20 minutes. The root of yucca (yucca louisans) contains a high concentration of saponin. Change ), Common sense preparedness for sensible people, Five Guns for the Homestead – Part 1 – Rifles and Shotguns, Food Storage, Food Preparation and Recipes, Home Power, Heat, Light, and Communications. With some of the yuccas you can crush the root, and shampoo with the juice. Very light, but strong enough for that. According to the United Nations , Yuca ,”( Manihot esculenta ) is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and maize. I live in SW New Mexico, and in my yard have a banana yucca that bloomed and now has fruits. Yucca Roots have been used by Native American tribes for years to prevent hair loss and dandruff while making hair shiny and beautiful, So you were actually NOT correct in your statement (well maybe yes at the beginning…lol), I read your post on yucca vs. yuca (cassava). Anyway, thanks for some real world reporting on this rather than just repeating some questionable info from a source who was just repeating it from another source, etc. I understood the article – though I have read sources that state the root can be eaten if baked or boiled which will eliminate or extract the saponins. Yucca is awesome. ( Log Out /  Was curious because in caribbean amoung taino and kalinago kukra, rama, mayagnas and miskitu there arevtwo cassavas one is regular other is bitter also used for food but with skin rwmoved to make tapioca flour tortillas What’s the difference? Yes YuCa is eaten more commonly as a food staple (sold as a whole root) whereas YuCCa is mainly used like a herbal medicine (sold cut and sifted). D’oh! And, according to Morton, 1981, via plantsforuse.com, “in Africa, sometimes grown and cooked as greens.” This website also states that “in Nigeria the leaves sometimes to flavor soup.”. most simply, peel the roots and toss them in a pressure cooker for 10 mins and you're all set to make cassava burgers (a personal favorite), yucca fries, or anything else you can come up with. The plant provides nutritional support to the structural system (bones, joints, muscles).The saponins in Yucca are a precursor of natural cortisone normally produced by the adrenal glands. It grows straight up, about 6′ tall and has cream colored flowers on it. I was recently at a local grocery store and I saw that they had a sign saying "yucca root" for sale. 13 Things You’ll Wish You had when Your Smart Phone is Useless. Yuca is another name for cassava which is a potato-like root that is cultivated in tropical regions throughout the world. Javalina pigs will eat them, but prefer cholla. Once the plant and roots are removed, leave the hole open for 2 to 3 weeks to let the sun dry out and kill any remaining yucca roots. I actually think I’ve going to use the cooked flesh in some sort of dumpling or empanada. http://www.indianweaving.com/wool.html. and I thank you for taking the time to explain all this! Dead flower stalks are great for bean poles. You see something that catches your eyes but have no clue what it is. METHOD OF PREPARATION: Six-sided fruits edible raw or cooked, rubbery and bitter, cooking helps some, flower petals raw in salads, sparingly, or fried, may be batter dipped, boiled or roasted. A belly ache, maybe more. They appears to have “sugar spots,” so I assume they’re ripe. Yucca filamentosa is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a medium rate. You can also peel first. Flower petals, raw or cooked though raw they usually give me a stomach ache, at best throat ache.  Try your raw blossoms carefully. Wouldn’t be nice if there is a page just for weeds images. Cassava is also used to make a type of chicha aka beer. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The conclusion is that you should stick with using the Yucca root as soap lol. I accidentally stumbled on this article and I don’t think it was well researched at all. Can this plant still be used in ways similar to a yucca? Cassava Leaves of the cassava plant A cassava tuber Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Clade: Tracheophytes Clade: Angiosperms Clade: Eudicots Clade: Rosids Order: Malpighiales Family: Euphorbiaceae Genus: Manihot Species: M. esculenta Binomial name Manihot esculenta Crantz Synonyms Janipha aipi J.Presl Janipha manihot Kunth Jatropha aipi Göpp. Saponins have a bitter taste and are not absorbed by the human body, so most will pass … My dogs dig up my yucca roots and chews on them. You should all understand that the Yucca that people mentioned eating in Brazil is the same type eaten all over Latin America. These Bio-Cassava Bags contain zero actual plastic and are made from Cassava starch using … Meanwhile heat the oil to medium heat, Sweat the onions and garlic then stir in everything except the flowers. Hank, Thanx . ( Log Out /  This video will be the start of a interesting and useful new video series Edible, Medicinal, and Utilitarian Plants. The yuca (YEW-ka)  in the grocery store is a cultivated cassava and has one edible part BELOW ground. The yucca in my garden is Y. baccata. See if you throat feels dry or bitter. Personally, I boil the  petals  for 10 minutes then use them. The Yucca is the state flower of New Mexico and is pollenated by a plant-specific moth…the nocturnal Yucca moth…, Sauteed Yucca Flowers with chipotle (or a chili of your choice. Though it is often called yuca in Latin American Spanish and in the United States, it is not related to yucca, a shrub in the family … I was totally stunned by how good it turned out! I don’t know if it was the extra storage time or the cooking method, but either way, it turned out really nice. It wasn’t grated and rinsed repeatedly like cassava must be to remove the cyanide containing compounds. Oxidative stress (a type of imbalance in our cells) can … I have to say that the blossoms are onion-like in texture but don’t taste like an onion. Better boiled.  Very young flower stalk peeled and boiled. The flower stalks can be boiled and ate when first shooting up. I've not met a yucca blossom I could eat raw. YuCCa is high in vitamins A, B, and C, and contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and copper which make it very soothing to the intestinal tract. So don’t try it; you won’t like it. Yes you are right when you said they made a mistake and confounded YuCa (Cassava-Manihot) and YuCCa (native american succulent root). It was peeled and boiled – that was it. Yucca filamentosa leaves, great for cordage. It grows wild here in DeSoto County, Florida and is native from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America I believe. Jatropha digitif… Bear in mind, the roots (as with most desert plants) go halfway to China. The UFO page on the Green Deane Forum is along those lines. The plants usually have tough, evergreen leaves that are shaped like swords and grow on tall, fibrous stalks. Learn how your comment data is processed. I gotta disagree on this one. You simply have to try them carefully. It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. Lol. Sweet cassava is only one sold commersially in usa. It might cause stomach upset in some people. They are edible if you clean them properly. On thing is clear though right now is that it will require a lot of cooking to soften enough to eat because of how fibrous it is. So, what parts of the yucca are edible? Just saw your video on eating the Florida yucca. Occasionally I find a Y. filamentosa blossom I  can eat raw but only one. A cold infusion of the root has been used to expedite the delivery of a child or the placenta. In alternative medicine, yucca is thought to stimulate circulation, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. Friends and followers have asked for information on edible plants, so I'll be sharing more about these for you. Deane, have you encountered the Hyptis pectinata (Comb Bushmint)? Amanda, They’re beautiful and tasty… if you like licorice flavour, that is). Totally different genus. I mean if it can be processed and actually eaten then in some areas it is a very easy food to acquire. Flowersvalso can be used for beer making. Thank you for this contribution. Copyright 2007-2018 – This web page is the property of Green Deane, LLC. I also came across a bit of info that stated you can grind the root into a pulp and use it as a fish stunner. Here’s a picture of the final product: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grrlscout224/10312259806/. Cassava roots are prepared and eaten like potatoes. Native Americans used to put mashed yucca root in a woven bag, which was then dropped into a small pond or stream which had been dammed. You said they may eat them young and tender. Yucca plants have several built … The cordage from the leaves is the strongest of any natural fiber I have come across. When isn’t a yucca a yucca? The seeds can be roasted (375F) until dry, grind roughly, boil as a vegetable until tender. Aside from being sharp and dangerous, could these harm horses? Should I wait until they dont have access to them? It is very clear to me what you are saying (not sure why other commenters are confused!) If you don’t get out the whole root, it’ll almost definitely grow back (which is good if you want it to, and not so good if one’s sprouted up in a not-so-good location), so the younger ones are easier to get to, especially if your hands don’t work so well! The roots of the yucca plant are not edible. Latin name: Yucca glauca Synonyms: Yucca angustifolia Family: Agavaceae (Century-plant Family) Medicinal use of Soapweed: A soap made from the crushed roots is said to be an effective treatment for dandruff and skin irritations. Saponin is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, lathering agent. Unfortunately, I didn't bother to look up how to take care of a Yucca plant well, and just listened to my friend's advice to water it approximately every week. The pulp, sweetened, can be use for pies or boil dry to a paste, dry in oven as a sheet. People in South America eat Yucca roots on a daily basis and depending on how you cook them, it can be delicious. If so these flowers should be cooked, I recommend boiling. Use the yucca stalk for the drill.  The roots and leaves can be rubbed in water to get a natural soap (that’s what makes the yucca bitter.) Someone had made a mistake and labeled this root as yucca when it was actually yuca with one "c". Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I was rather disappointed to find in my references that it is not actually a yucca at all and is actually closer to an aloe while it still resembles a yucca. Many species also bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, flowering stems, and more rarely roots. I seeded it (because I want to grow it), cleaned out the fibers in the center, wrapped it in foil, and roasted it in the oven for about 45 minutes. References to yucca root as food often arise from confusion with the similarly pronounced, but botanically unrelated, yuca, also called cassava or manioc … Do you have any knowledge of this? The plant you were eating in Brazil is Manihot esculinta commonly called cassava and it is not a member of the genus Yucca . Cook for about 5 minutes and keep stirring. Dont think my picky gals would eat a large, bitter one, but since they spread new, young ones, I think I’ll plant them in the yard. With the branches and stems removed, use a shovel to dig a hole about 3 feet around the stump and 3 to 4 feet deep into the ground to cover the yucca’s large root network. We also make little fried scones with chive and a ton of other tasty full meals with the root, it’s a shame people in the US haven’t caught on yet, it’s almost as great as potatoes! It is also a vegetable. Husband, 5 kids, and I are striving for a completely self sufficient homestead. Garfuna natorious for this dish. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Clover is in the pea family, and it has a bit of a … When it is spelt with one “C” as in yuca. Sorry, um… the sun was in my eyes! Alright, update – I went ahead and fried and boiled the local yucca roots to see if I could extract the saponins out the way you try to do with the tannins of acorns. Also the leaves can be made into extremely strong cordage. The fried method was the fastest, but tasted the worse and then boiling the root for about two hours with regular water changes had a small effect. Franky, I would leave them alone. Once you add this to a stream it will kill or incapacitate fish, allowing for easy gathering. I have used Yucca as soap and its excellent cordage for shelters but I am very curious if it the roots can be eaten processed and cooked. Roast seed, crush, boil until tender. If fruit are desired, plant at least two, ideally spaced 6' apart to avoid overlap. These contain 30 percent starch and are high in carbohydrates. I’m gathering soap tree yucca stalks, which can get over 10′ long. Herbalists contend that these properties can aid in the treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, migraine, diabetes, eczema, arthritis, stomach problems, skin infections, and liver and gallbladder disorder… Planting: Locate the banana yucca, in full sun, in well draining soil. Yi-haw! Its ornamental, edible flowers are white and bell-shap… Stalks can be eaten raw, boiled, sautéed, pickled or used in salads. I’ve never tried this personally so I can’t verify that this is true. I have not used the leaf coating or root for soap yet. Someone had made a mistake and labeled this root as yucca when it was actually yuca with one “c”. Yuccas are drought tolerant, succulent plants, and while they're native to the desert, you can grow Yucca baccata in many climates. Yucca glauca is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a slow rate. It also gets fruit. And I think it is definitely not the same yucca that grows in the southeast USA. See my post on the two for pictures and differences. That’s the point of the article. Some of you are insisting that this is a type of cassava. Cassava is not the same as yucca (spelled with two C’s). Your comment indicates that there is no way that you read the post. Flowers, roots, stalks and hearts are all edible. I stashed it in the fridge for about 6 weeks, before I was finally got around the cooking it. Yucca root contains a very high concentration of chemicals called "saponins" which are a natural soap. Just saw your utube video of several growing along a road and pasture. Yucca, two C’s, officially is native to the hot, dry parts of North and Central America and the West Indies. All rights reserved. Many people drink Yucca Root tea to purify the blood and cleanse the colon. I know this is an article about yucca, but you mention cassava having one edible part under ground. Yuca, also commonly known as Cassava, is a plant with edible, starchy tubers/roots that tapioca and cassava flour are made from. Add flowers , stir until warm and mixed. Yucca is also used as a blood cleanser; today, often in the form of Yucca Root Tea. The young fruits raw or cooked, but they are very bitter raw, read another throat/stomach ache. Yucca is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in the amounts normally found in foods. Yucca, the edible portion, is a root, a tuber. When the root is pulverized and added to water it creates a foam. Can’t swear to it, Andy, but that sounds like Yuca (with one “c”), not Yucca (“cc”). Hope this helps! Keep these plants away from areas where people normally walk to avoid injuries. I was recently at a local grocery store and I saw that they had a sign saying “yucca root” for sale. Here is: Yucca Root (Yucca filamentosa) YuCCa Root, a Native American remedy, treats inflammation, joint pain associated with osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. etc. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The dead and dry stem is a great spindle for friction sets. are considered evergreen perennial shrubs and grow well outside in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness 5 through 10. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Disclaimer: Information contained on this website is strictly and categorically intended as a reference to be used in conjunction with experts in your area. Native Americans used yucca as a soap as it had a lathering effect. Yucca is used in manybrecipes calling for potato or in baked goods. Yuca (cassava) and yucca (yucca louisans) are not the same plant. It looks like the one you picture on your page. I really want to try using the root to wash wool. What you are eating in Brazil is not a member of the genius yucca. I speak from experience when I say that the flowers of Y. filamentosa and Y. glauca are also edible and tasty. 😀 The yucca info I posted is still good stuff though <3. Not exactly a survival activity. A few months ago, I agreed to take care of a friend's yucca plant for a while. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Yuca is a nick-name for the plant you are eating. You can fry, cook or roast it…. tapioca is a more … Cant beat a plant that offers sooo much: Edible, medicinal, fire drill, cordage, soap, and a sewing needle! They are far better roasted until tender. Believe me, I’m from Brazil and we all eat it lol but we call it mandioca. Boil Yucca flowers in an abundance of water for about 10 minutes and drain well. I would bet that ours is much smaller and has a higher concentration of saponins. Type eaten all over Latin America m a dork and only just caught the date on the sweet/spicy and. But we call it mandioca the leaf, and as a vegetable until tender get it confused with the.. 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