Have you ever eaten yucca flowers? They’re a versatile ingredient that can be cooked many ways, and this is a quick, easy, and delicious option!

Follow my blog and fall in love with Mexico!

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico

Click to tweet this post

I previously wrote a post about how to cook and eat yucca flowers, and I mentioned a few yummy recipes that can be made with them.

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico
Yucca flower harverst. Photo courtesy of Emilio Licona at Cafetal Sustentable La Herradura.

However, I think yucca flowers deserve a second post because they’re such a unique ingredient. And because I love them, of course.

A few days ago, I received a bunch of yucca flower petals courtesy of my cousins in Xalapa, in the Mexican province of Veracruz.

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico
Yucca flower harvest. Photo courtesy of Emilio Licona at Cafetal Sustentable La Herradura.

My uncle, aunt and cousins have a farm where they grow world-class organic gourmet coffee. And there are yucca plants there, too.

This season, there was a big harvest of yucca flowers at the coffee farm, so I was fortunate enough to receive a small part of it.

And this is what I did with them- Yucca flower dobladas!

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico
Yucca flower petals. Photo courtesy of Emilio Licona at Cafetal Sustentable La Herradura.

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers

Ingredients

  • Yucca flower petals
  • An onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn tortillas
  • Salt and pepper
  • A small can of chipotle (optional)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cream
  • Queso fresco

Yucca Flower Dobladas

The first thing you have to do is clean the yucca flowers. You have to carefully remove the pistils from each one of them. This might take a while!

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico
Clean yucca flower petals. Photo courtesy of Emilio Licona at Cafetal Sustentable La Herradura.

When you’ve removed all of them, cook the flower petals over medium heat with a little salt. Let boil for about 10 minutes. The petals should be soft but be careful not to overcook them.

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico
Cooked yucca flower petals. Photo courtesy of Emilio Licona at Cafetal Sustentable La Herradura.

Once they’re cooked, rinse them and they’ll be ready to use. I don’t recommend you eat the petals raw because they can be quite bitter.

Next, dice some onion and tomato and cook over medium heat in a saucepan. Season with salt and pepper. Add a small can of chipotle if you want it to be spicy.

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico
Cooking the yucca flower petals.

You can also do this in a pan, but I used a saucepan because I want the mix to be watery.

I diced half an onion and a lot of tomatoes!

When the mixture has thickened, add the yucca flower petals and let cook for about 5 more minutes.

Then, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, grab a corn tortilla and set it down on the oil. Let it fry for a few seconds and then turn it over.

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico

Don’t let the tortilla get crispy, it should only get soft.

Place the softened tortilla on a plate and fold it half. Keep doing this with as many tortillas as you would like to have, about two to four.

Next, bathe the tortillas with the flower petal and tomato mixture. Be sure to cover them well!

Finally, garnish with cream and crumbled queso fresco. Maybe top with some red salsa. Enjoy!

A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers | My Heart of Mexico
Yucca flower dobladas.

Yucca flowers are a good source of vitamin C and iron, and they’re low in calories. They’re a nutritious and healthy veggie!

If you want a healthier option, you can sprinkle cooked yucca flower petals over a green salad and top them with a vinagrette. How does that sound?

And if you find another delicious recipe with yucca flowers in it, don’t forget to share. I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy this beautiful and delicious ingredient!

Have you ever eaten yucca flower petals? Would you like to? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “A Quick and Easy Way to Cook Yucca Flowers

  1. Never realized that Yucca was classified as a root vegetable. Looks like it would be a nice dish (or side dish) to help satisfy hunger with quality flavor without excessive calorie consumption. Until I read your post, I thought Yucca flowers were simply used to garnish food presentations.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The yucca root is the cassava, which is a root vegetable and is used in many dishes and also to make flour. Yucca flower petals are edible (only if they’re cooked) and there’s also a lot of dishes you can make with them!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on A Southern View and commented:
    I’ve had yucca flowers around me all my life. In Eastern North Carolina they are plentiful and I’ve always admired the flowers. However, I never had a clue they were edible. I’m looking for some to eat today!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. oo these look delicious. I’ve never had the opportunity to try Yucca flowers and I doubt i ever will but now I’m starving! I’m going to see if I can grow a yucca plant here in the UK but I’ve a feeling that it won’t work too well. If it requires sunshine then there’s no chance :p

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s