By: Dana Baardsen
Yucca is a root vegetable which grows naturally in Southwestern United States and South America.
This unique veggie can be compared to having the same consistency of a potato, yet blander in flavor. Aside from being a staple in several South American dishes, cooked yucca holds health benefits which trace back to the Native Americans.
Not only are there claims of yucca healing arthritis symptoms, but this root vegetable contains resveratrol which prevents blood vessel damage. Another powerful healing property of the yucca is it’s saponin content. Saponin particles attach to cholesterol and prevent the body from absorbing it. Incorporate yucca into your diet if you consume foods high in cholesterol!
The yucca plant actually develops beautiful edible flowers which are high in thiamine and some b vitamins. Check out this quick cooking demonstration:
You should also note the flour produced from the root, is gluten-free!
Step out of your comfort zone and enjoy this yummy earth food! You can serve yucca instead of bread, or even make yucca fries. Have fun! NB