Itabo (Yucca Flower) Salad

Yucca flowers Itabo

Eating Itabo flowers are traditional at Easter in Costa Rica,but they’re late this year.

Itabo blossoms

Most Ticos mix them with eggs, but Rosie showed me how to make a delicious salad.

Itabo Salad

Simply par-boil the blossoms and add a favorite vinaigrette.

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4 comments
    • lavaeha said:

      Interesting! Couldn’t a plant with a tuber also have a flower?

      • lavaeha said:

        Trying to get to the bottom of this. This from Wikipedia: “Yuccas are widely grown as ornamental plants in gardens. Many species also bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, flowering stems,[8] and more rarely roots. References to yucca root as food often stem from confusion with the similarly pronounced, but botanically unrelated, yuca, also called cassava (Manihot esculenta).

        I honestly thought they were the same plant with two different uses. But I was wrong.

  1. louise dickson said:

    Oh, I recognize this salad from Roys B’Day get together! Now i know what I was eating! Very Tasty! Muchas Gracias Lavae!

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