Most varieties of yucca have many spiny-tipped, elongated leaves that arise from a central stem. There is usually one two- to five-foot flower stalk with white, Lilly-like, flowers. Yucca grows in stands, or groups, that can cover valleys and dry mountain slopes especially in high desert regions. The inner root is generally brewed as a tea and used to support the body’s natural defense against inflammation, and supports natural levels of gut flora.
History and Folklore:
Native Americans have historically used Yucca as a food source. Tea made from the roots has been used to stimulate childbirth. Yucca was once used as a constituent of hormonal steroids. Today, the root is commonly used as a sudsing agent in soap and cosmetics.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Inner roots should be split lengthwise and dried after the outer, woody part of the root is removed. If using as a sudsing agent in soap, the root bark should be left on.
Yucca tea can have a laxative effect in some people. Drinking a lot of it has been used to stimulate childbirth. Do not take if pregnant.
Amole, Spanish Bayonet, Joshua Tree, Datil, Spanish Dagger
Yucca baccata, Y. Lata, Y, glauca, Y. Harrimaniae, Y. whipplei,
Ingredients: Yucca (Yucca glauca)
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