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. The have a chemical that burns so most livestock avoid it. Friends and followers have asked for information on edible plants, so I'll be sharing more about these for you. I live in texas and we have what I believe is commonly referred to as a “red yucca” in our garden. Deane, have you encountered the Hyptis pectinata (Comb Bushmint)? Hi! People in South America eat Yucca roots on a daily basis and depending on how you cook them, it can be delicious. Wouldn’t be nice if there is a page just for weeds images. Not exactly a survival activity. In ideal conditions, yucca can grow to up to 30-feet tall. (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. Franky, I would leave them alone. With some of the yuccas you can crush the root, and shampoo with the juice. If fruit are desired, plant at least two, ideally spaced 6' apart to avoid overlap. Yucca wood — read the dry flower stalk  — has the lowest kindling temperature of any wood, desirable for fire starting, especially if you are using a bow and drill. They are far better roasted until tender. It grows wild here in DeSoto County, Florida and is native from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America I believe. Yucca filamentosa leaves, great for cordage. etc. D’oh! It also gets fruit. Scrape out the inside and separate from the seeds. I actually think I’ve going to use the cooked flesh in some sort of dumpling or empanada. Sweet cassava is only one sold commersially in usa. Young short flower stalks long before they blossom are also edible. Many species also bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, flowering stems, and more rarely roots. Should I wait until they dont have access to them? I would bet that ours is much smaller and has a higher concentration of saponins. Totally different genus. Some of you are insisting that this is a type of cassava. References to yucca root as food often arise from confusion with the similarly pronounced, but botanically unrelated, yuca, also called cassava or manioc … For you survivalists, the yucca provides more than food. In alternative medicine, yucca is thought to stimulate circulation, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. Many people drink Yucca Root tea to purify the blood and cleanse the colon. Bear in mind, the roots (as with most desert plants) go halfway to China. 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. Cant beat a plant that offers sooo much: Edible, medicinal, fire drill, cordage, soap, and a sewing needle! I would think not. One is a desert plant in the agave family and one is the root crop cassava. Yes you are right when you said they made a mistake and confounded YuCa (Cassava-Manihot) and YuCCa (native american succulent root). This video will be the start of a interesting and useful new video series Edible, Medicinal, and Utilitarian Plants. I was recently at a local grocery store and I saw that they had a sign saying “yucca root” for sale. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Amanda, Yuca is a nick-name for the plant you are eating. Learn how your comment data is processed. etc. It is very clear to me what you are saying (not sure why other commenters are confused!) I have to say that the blossoms are onion-like in texture but don’t taste like an onion. Yucca root contains a very high concentration of chemicals called "saponins" which are a natural soap. Hank, Thanx . If you eat yucca root you will get sick as a dog. Yuca is another name for cassava which is a potato-like root that is cultivated in tropical regions throughout the world. But they don’t. Yucca is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in the amounts normally found in foods. 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. The dead and dry stem is a great spindle for friction sets. You said they may eat them young and tender. 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. Yuccas are widely grown as ornamental plants in gardens. You can fry, cook or roast it…. 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. Planting: Locate the banana yucca, in full sun, in well draining soil. I use it regularly for my rheumatoid and osteo, and it helps a lot! The bitter cassava variety is not sold in usa because it has to processed to leech out poisen juice aka arenic to produce baked goods. The young fruits raw or cooked, but they are very bitter raw, read another throat/stomach ache. 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! The two get confused due to that missing C, but yuca is the plant you may have tried in trendy Latin bistros. So, what parts of the yucca are edible? Its ornamental, edible flowers are white and bell-shap… The cordage from the leaves is the strongest of any natural fiber I have come across. 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. Flowers, roots, stalks and hearts are all edible. Hope this helps! Only just caught the date on the one to which I’m replying. It tastes like a very sweet squash. According to plants.jstor.org the leaves are used in Africa in sauces, and as a condiment, spice, and flavoring. 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. They’re extremely tough and taste bad. I’ve never tried this personally so I can’t verify that this is true. 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. Yucca is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth short-term. Humans if eating above raw can get tummy ache as it is bitter. So far as I know the only part of a yucca plant that is edible are the young flowers which I have read can be used in salads. It grows straight up, about 6′ tall and has cream colored flowers on it. Heirloom Cranberry Bean Seed from Wal-Mart? Better boiled.  Very young flower stalk peeled and boiled. According to the United Nations , Yuca ,”( Manihot esculenta ) is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and maize. 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. Edible as is or mix with other food. Sorry, um… the sun was in my eyes! Cook for about 5 minutes and keep stirring. Would like to find more info on this. 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. It was peeled and boiled – that was it. Jatropha diffusa Steud. http://www.indianweaving.com/wool.html. 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. IDENTIFICATION: Erect plant with tall, thick central stem, 4 to 25 feet high, sometimes branched, long dagger-like leaves shedding threads, flowers tulip-like, waxy, drooping. Yucca Root is NOT Edible. You simply have to try them carefully. Boil Yucca flowers in an abundance of water for about 10 minutes and drain well. Not sure about horses. Yuca (spelled with one C) is a nick-name for cassava. See my post on the two for pictures and differences. Yucca filamentosa is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a medium rate. I came across this site several months ago. Yuca is the plant from which tapioca … The flower stalks can be boiled and ate when first shooting up. yucca or cassava (manihot esculenta) cannot be eaten raw but can be processed with little cooking if done properly. One plant will produce good looking and edible flowers, possibly every year. The flower is edible raw or can be dried, crushed and used as a flavoring. I was raised eating “Mandioca” (as we call it here in Brazil) and there are many ways of preparing a tasty dish using it, you can boil it and then fry it or even just boil it and eat it with butter, something that is not so healthy, but an AMAZING snack and one of my favorite things to steal from my mom while she was cooking, a little bit of mandioca mashed with butter is actual heaven on a plate. What you are eating in Brazil is not a member of the genius yucca. View photos and uses of the edible/medicinal plant Yucca elata (Soaptree yucca), profiled in the books Medicinal Plants of the American Southwest and Sonoran Desert Food Plants. The seeds can be roasted (375F) until dry, grind roughly, boil as a vegetable until tender. Yucca root contains high levels of saponins, which indeed are poisonous to fish. If so these flowers should be cooked, I recommend boiling. Can this plant still be used in ways similar to a yucca? Identify yucca plants. Rocky slopes are good locations. Comments or questions about this site, or for permission to use photos and information. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers … You can cut the stalk easily when it’s green… but you need a saw if it drys. 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. 13 Things You’ll Wish You had when Your Smart Phone is Useless. Copyright 2007-2018 – This web page is the property of Green Deane, LLC. So much for “dry”.  Other yucca, who do like it arid can be found across the desert southwest of the United States from Texas to California and parts south. A cold infusion of the root has been used to expedite the delivery of a child or the placenta. In other words, it is soap. Very light, but strong enough for that. tapioca is a more … It is also found in humid Florida. It is similar to potatoes in how it is used, flavor, texture, and nutritional value. Saponin is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, lathering agent. They appears to have “sugar spots,” so I assume they’re ripe. The yuca (YEW-ka) in the grocery store is a cultivated cassava and has one edible part BELOW ground. I speak from experience when I say that the flowers of Y. filamentosa and Y. glauca are also edible and tasty. 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! Viviane, Good search term to find more info about this is “yucca root herbalism” (without the quotes). Oops!). Flower petals, raw or cooked though raw they usually give me a stomach ache, at best throat ache.  Try your raw blossoms carefully. 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. I really want to try using the root to wash wool. The conclusion is that you should stick with using the Yucca root as soap lol. The banana yucca is getting ready to bloom. See if you throat feels dry or bitter. The pulp, sweetened, can be use for pies or boil dry to a paste, dry in oven as a sheet. The stem can be eaten like asparagus. Someone had made a mistake and labeled this root as yucca when it was actually yuca with one “c”. Jatropha digitif… Yeah, that’s it! Keep these plants away from areas where people normally walk to avoid injuries. I can’t help but wonder how many people saw that sign in the grocery store and thought, “Hey, I have yucca plants growing around my house. Also the leaves can be made into extremely strong cordage. You can also peel first. Leaved can be split woven for making sandals. Yucca is used in manybrecipes calling for potato or in baked goods. I have researched it and found that, besides having medicinal uses in many countries, it is also eaten as a vegetable and used as a seasoning. When the root is pulverized and added to water it creates a foam. When it is spelt with one “C” as in yuca. Yucca is awesome. 🙂, Argh… I’m a dork and only just saw the “bushmint” part. I have not sampled the fruits, seeds, or young stalks yet. Though different yucca produce different colored blooms, the flower skin tends to be thick and almost leathery. It’s possible that all species of yucca are edible, but I hesitate to make a sweeping generalization when I haven’t tried them all. One thing for sure is that it takes a lot of preparation. The root of yucca (yucca louisans) contains a high concentration of saponin. It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. They LOVE the flowers (and why not? I accidentally stumbled on this article and I don’t think it was well researched at all. It might cause stomach upset in some people. Flowersvalso can be used for beer making. This is not true, yuca root (cassava) and its derivatives (like tapioca); are very tasty and healthy food option. BTW, haven’t seen it mentioned here, but yucca (“cc”) root can also be chopped (or ground up) and boiled, and is good for arthritis. The saponins enter into the bloodstream of the fish through their gills, stupefying them. Yuccas are drought tolerant, succulent plants, and while they're native to the desert, you can grow Yucca baccata in many climates. Occasionally I find a Y. filamentosa blossom I  can eat raw but only one. Yucca plants (Yucca spp.) Not poisonous to humans the flowers are edible as the seed pods after boiling the spikes green things are used as soap. This acre will eventually be fenced off for an orchard and all edibles. Yucca, two C’s, officially is native to the hot, dry parts of North and Central America and the West Indies. Lol. Yucca vs. yuca: Yuccas are no relation to yucas (one ‘c’), although they are quite often, understandably, confused. So don’t try it; you won’t like it. 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). The plants usually have tough, evergreen leaves that are shaped like swords and grow on tall, fibrous stalks. I've not met a yucca blossom I could eat raw. My dogs dig up my yucca roots and chews on them. And I think it is definitely not the same yucca that grows in the southeast USA. Once you add this to a stream it will kill or incapacitate fish, allowing for easy gathering. Add flowers , stir until warm and mixed. To combat the impact of discarded plastic bags on the environment, an Indonesian company called Avani has created a single-use bag you'd swear was plastic—but which is in fact made of Cassava (Yucca), an edible root. I think I’ll dig up a root and try it.”. Ths makes it a popular remedy for all kinds of inflammation, such as arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis, colitis, and other inflammatory conditions. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Just saw your video on eating the Florida yucca. Meanwhile heat the oil to medium heat, Sweat the onions and garlic then stir in everything except the flowers. I live in SW New Mexico, and in my yard have a banana yucca that bloomed and now has fruits. I don’t know if it was the extra storage time or the cooking method, but either way, it turned out really nice. Yuca, also commonly known as Cassava, is a plant with edible, starchy tubers/roots that tapioca and cassava flour are made from. Unfortunately the Yuccas soap taste was always present and strong. It is also a vegetable. The yuca (YEW-ka)  in the grocery store is a cultivated cassava and has one edible part BELOW ground. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Hand. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Sorry for the long post (and um… really late. It wasn’t grated and rinsed repeatedly like cassava must be to remove the cyanide containing compounds. Yuca (cassava) and yucca (yucca louisans) are not the same plant. The leaves are eaten in much of the world after twice boiling. According to the book World Spice Plants by Seidemann, the leaves are used as a flavoring in the Ivory Coast & Upper Volta, being mixed with various spices. Oxidative stress (a type of imbalance in our cells) can … Your comment indicates that there is no way that you read the post. Dead flower stalks are great for bean poles. Before you can pick any yucca flowers to eat, you have to be able to locate them. It looks like the one you picture on your page. I live in NY and I was told a plant I have in my yard is a yucca plant. I stashed it in the fridge for about 6 weeks, before I was finally got around the cooking it. I’ve eaten freshly cooked “yucca” root that looks just like the ones in the picture. Believe me, I’m from Brazil and we all eat it lol but we call it mandioca. Still alive. Javalina pigs will eat them, but prefer cholla. and I thank you for taking the time to explain all this! Yes the research is correct. Yi-haw! ( Log Out /  Someone had made a mistake and labeled this root as yucca when it was actually yuca with one "c". Of course we call some plants yuccas that aren’t true yuccas (such as the red yucca - Hesperaloe parvifolia) so be sure you’re indulging in the right kind of flower.Some yuccas are considered trees and others shrubs. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. are considered evergreen perennial shrubs and grow well outside in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness 5 through 10. These contain 30 percent starch and are high in carbohydrates. Unless and until I get totally mad at her and him for digging my garden s up. 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. ( Log Out /  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. While yucca have edible parts, they are not the same as that of the yuca root, the starchy potato-like fibrous fruit used in South American dishes that's also known as cassava. The yucca in my garden is Y. baccata. ( Log Out /  It is sometimes called yuca spelled with one C. This causes some confusion because people say oh they eat yucca all the time. Cut into sections, boil 30 minutes in plenty of water, peel. You can use it to make fire starting tools, you can use the dried leaves for tinder, you can use the roots and leaves to make soap, you can use the leaves to make cordage, you can make yucca leaf baskets, you can make hats and sandals from yucca leaves, but, you CANNOT eat yucca. Here’s a picture of the final product: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grrlscout224/10312259806/. Do you have any knowledge of this? Personally, I boil the  petals  for 10 minutes then use them. Stalks can be eaten raw, boiled, sautéed, pickled or used in salads. 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). Cassava is not the same as yucca (spelled with two C’s). Here is: Yucca Root (Yucca filamentosa), YuCCa Root, a Native American remedy, treats inflammation, joint pain associated with osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. I was mixed-up but now I understand 🙂. 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.”. Yucca, two C’s, officially is native to the hot, dry parts of North and Central America and the West Indies.  However Y. filamentosa (fill-luh-men-TOE-suh) can be found as far west as Texas, north to Canada and east to Massachusetts. Yucca plants are masters of water conservation. One last side-note: if you want to make your beloved and beautiful Yucca Moths happy (our friendly neighbourhood Yucca pollinators), grow some Licorice Mint (Agastache foeniculum). Cassava roots are prepared and eaten like potatoes. What’s the difference? The fruit, flowers, and stem from this plant are each edible, both raw or cooked. Husband, 5 kids, and I are striving for a completely self sufficient homestead. It would also serve as a deterrent to leaning over fences. 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. Calling for tapioca. They eat cassava which I believe I made pretty clear in the article. Great information to have on hand, but very illegal when put into practice. 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. 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. Funny, but it’s native, yet there are none in the area. 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.) ( Log Out /  When isn’t a yucca a yucca? Yucca glauca is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a slow rate. Although high in calories and carbohydrates, yucca root also boasts a good amount of important nutrients, such as vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Yucca, the edible portion, is a root, a tuber. The roots of the yucca plant are not edible. I have read of tribal people in the southwest USA who baked part of the yucca in ground ovens for long periods of time and then ate it. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. Are all yucca edible? Cassava originated in Brazil and Paraguay, but now many other nations are learning how to … The plant you were eating in Brazil is Manihot esculinta commonly called cassava and it is not a member of the genus Yucca . 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 The UFO page on the Green Deane Forum is along those lines. Yucca is also used as a blood cleanser; today, often in the form of Yucca Root Tea. Maybe that’s why the pigs have a bad temper. The fruit really don’t taste too good. A belly ache, maybe more. Try one — ONE — petal, not only blossom, one petal and wait 20 minutes. Passing all those cactus spines… 🙂 Niio! All parts of the plant are useful, and many parts are edible. However, all cassava cultivars (sweet and bitten) contain varying amounts of cyanide. That’s the point of the article. ’bout a teaspoon of the ground up root 2-3 times a day (especially in the morning, ’cause mornings are the worst!). Most on internet get it confused with the yuca tree, so Im not always sure what to believe. Roast seed, crush, boil until tender. While yucca and yuca are not botanically related and are native to different climates, they do have the similarity of being used as a food source. They’re beautiful and tasty… if you like licorice flavour, that is). You should all understand that the Yucca that people mentioned eating in Brazil is the same type eaten all over Latin America. Just saw your utube video of several growing along a road and pasture. Yuca is the edible root of the cassava plant and yucca is a plant in the Agave family, commonly used as a landscape plant in dry climates. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Saponins have a bitter taste and are not absorbed by the human body, so most will pass … Cassava is also used to make a type of chicha aka beer. I hope someone finds it helpful/useful though! I was about to try , you saved me lots of time. Kind of on the sweet/spicy side and a strange taste. Would I cook the fruit and seeds the same way you recommended for the species you showed? The yucca is an incredibly useful plant. All rights reserved. Native Americans used these practices for thousands of years. I was totally stunned by how good it turned out! Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is also known as yuca and is an important plant for its starchy roots. I’m gathering soap tree yucca stalks, which can get over 10′ long. Thank you for this contribution. Inhibits oxidative stress. Please read the post and the comments. They are edible if you clean them properly. Many different yucca species grow in Texas and all have edible flowers and fruit. 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. My horses tend to be very picky about what they eat and these would look lovely in the pasture bordering the road. A few months ago, I agreed to take care of a friend's yucca plant for a while. They are sweet on first taste but leave a bitter residue. 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. You see something that catches your eyes but have no clue what it is. Such a page would come in handy. Aside from being sharp and dangerous, could these harm horses? Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Clover is in the pea family, and it has a bit of a … 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 … The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. Yucca plants have several built … The roots contain saponins, which is poisonous. 😀 The yucca info I posted is still good stuff though <3. I gotta disagree on this one. ), * One cup cooked Yucca flowers (boiled down from one quart fresh yucca flowers). I mean if it can be processed and actually eaten then in some areas it is a very easy food to acquire. The yucca (YUK-ka) in the wild has several edible parts ABOVE ground. Great under tension and some abrasion. I know this is an article about yucca, but you mention cassava having one edible part under ground. Although a perennial plant, cassava is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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. 2 very different plants with very similarly spelled names. 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). The yucca (YUK-ka) in the wild has several edible parts ABOVE ground. Garfuna natorious for this dish. Some are edible most are not. Fruit cylindrical to 5 inches  with purple skin and pulp, many seeds, TIME OF YEAR: Blossoms in late spring, early summer, fruits later in the year in northern climes, ENVIRONMENT: Usually dry but not arid areas but some species like it arid. I have not used the leaf coating or root for soap yet. Many yucca come with a needle built in at the end of the leaf, and others like the filamentosa above, shed threads. Some people apply Yucca Root to their hair as a gentle shampoo. 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. Can’t swear to it, Andy, but that sounds like Yuca (with one “c”), not Yucca (“cc”). These Bio-Cassava Bags contain zero actual plastic and are made from Cassava starch using … Please see the response to comment above. Native Americans used yucca as a soap as it had a lathering effect. 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. Several weeks ago, I found a banana yucca with huge 8-10″ long fruits on it, so I grabbed one. 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… Yucca, or cassava, is a type of shrub native to South America that is widely cultivated for its starchy edible root. With that said, at this very moment I am processing and cooking the root in different ways to experiment with taste and texture and of course if any symptoms arise from consuming. The genus yucca calling for potato or in baked goods has one edible part BELOW ground um… late! 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