Yucca acaulis H. B. & K. Liliaceae (Agavaceae). MAGUEY.
The sweet and fermented juice of this plant yields a spirit by
distillation; the young leaves are eaten.
Y. baccata Ton. SPANISH BAYONET.
Southwestern North America and Mexico.
The fruit is the size of a large
fig with a sweet, edible pulp. The Indians of Arizona, New Mexico and
Utah are very fond of the fruit and dry it for winter use. The young
flower-buds, when about to expand, are also roasted but to Whites are
insipid food. Bartlett saw in an Apache camp a pot of the flowers boiling
Y. filamentosa Linn. ADAM'S NEEDLE. NEEDLE PALM.
Southwestern North America.
This yucca bears large, fleshy fruits
which are edible; they are called datile. The fruit, the size of a peach, is
used as an article of food.
Y. glauca Nutt.
The plant bears an edible fruit often three inches long and
one-half inch across.
Y. treculeana Carr.
Mexico and western Texas.
The fruit is said to resemble a pawpaw and
to be edible.