The Yucca’s Last Blooms

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever,” Isaiah 40:8, NIV

edible flowers

edible flowers

One of my favorite Scriptures is a constant reminder to make the most of the days we are given. We aren’t promised tomorrow. Things come and go; life goes on. Enjoy what you have, before it is gone.

The last of the yucca blooms are about to fall. In warmer regions of the US, these plants are used in landscaping. It is the state flower of New Mexico and the national flower of El Salvador.  Here in Costa Rica, the flower is known as the itabo or izote. Many locals like to eat the blooms. A few Ticos I’ve talked to say they don’t like the taste. I’ve never tried them. There are three more blooms left throughout the property, so I guess this is my last chance until next year. They are often chopped and fried and added to soups and stews. I’ve included a few Izote recipes that I will consider. I’ll have to let you know how they turn out.

At first, I confused this plant with the yuca/cassava (root/tuber) because the name is so similar. It’s not too late to plant some in the garden. Speaking of which, there is only a couple of hours left before dark. I’ll burn what’s left and make the most of the daylight doing some much needed yard work.

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