Eating Yucca Petals
Yucca petals are really good eating. You can just pick the petals, wash the bugs off and throw them in a salad. Better yet, fried yucca petals are a treat. Here's a recipe I have used:
Fried Yucca Petals:
12-15 flower stalk from yucca plants
1 tablespoon shortening
2 medium onions, chopped
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
Salt and Pepper
Pull the flower petals from the stalk and wash them in some salt water. Melt the shortening in a skillet and add the flower petals, onion, and tomatoes. Stir gently until the onions are soft. Add water and simmer until most of the liquid is gone. Salt and pepper to taste.
You can also batter and deep fry them, though I have never done it myself. I am told they are delicious that way.
I got this recipe from "Tastes and Tales from Texas," a book written by Peg Hein and published in 1984. Peg attributes it to a Cherokee woman named Nakai Breen.
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.