Yucca (Sturtevant, 1919)

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Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Yucca (Sturtevant, 1919)

Yucca acaulis H. B. & K.

Liliaceae. MAGUEY.

Venezuela. The sweet and fermented juice of this plant yields a spirit by distillation; the young leaves are eaten.

Yucca baccata Ton.


Southwestern North America and Mexico. The fruit is the size of a large fig with a sweet, edible pulp. The Indians of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah are very fond of the fruit and dry it for winter use. The young flower-buds, when about to expand, are also roasted but to Whites are insipid food. Bartlett saw in an Apache camp a pot of the flowers boiling for food.

Yucca filamentosa Linn.


Southwestern North America. This yucca bears large, fleshy fruits which are edible; they are called datile. The fruit, the size of a peach, is used as an article of food.

Yucca glauca Nutt.

America. The plant bears an edible fruit often three inches long and one-half inch across.

Yucca treculeana Carr.

Mexico and western Texas. The fruit is said to resemble a pawpaw and to be edible.