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After a snowy winter and wet spring, yuccas are plentiful now in mid-summer. They are not only beautiful in bloom, but traditionally also very beneficial, healing, and edible:
- The flowers are very nutritious, and taste like a spicy lettuce.
- For wounds requiring surgery far from a hospital, a leaf is picked, and the fibers below the sharp needle at the end of the leaf threshed out until they are thread-like. Yuccas are naturally antibiotic, so when used in combination with pine sap or juniper berries, a wound is sewn closed and protected with naturally antibiotic plant extracts.
- Leaves are also woven into baskets and sandals.
- The thick roots contain a naturally soapy body wash/shampoo. Many shampoo brands today still use yucca root extract.
Mule deer and other wildlife love to eat the flowers - enjoy their beauty while they last!
Photo: NPS/Patrick Myers 2019
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I had no idea the flowers were edible. Now, I want to eat some!😁
This photo has been added to the park's Flickr page for free, higher resolution viewing and downloading:
I love the blooms... like artichoke 😊
i picked these behind my house near blanca and stir-fried them with butter. very good.
I didn't know that about the leaves being used for sewing wounds!
Love learning even more of its uses ie the roots... It is always great to read your articles and see the photos. So glad to have this site. Thank you all