Los Angeles is full of Yucca Trees, in fact there is a street in Hollywood called Yucca Street, named so because of the prevalence of the trees with the long and dagger-like leaves. I am fortunate to have a Yucca tree in my back yard and every so often the top bursts into bloom, and a beautiful cluster of white flowers appears. For years I never paid much attention, as it would come into bloom and then dry up. Then, about 15 years ago, our housekeeper Doña Tere asked me to ask our gardener to cut it down because the flower was edible, and a popular diet staple in Central America. She prepared it in the style of her native Guatemala. A few weeks ago when the yucca flower came back into bloom I asked our gardener to cut it down for me.
Click on the above video to see my step by step preparation of Huevos Revueltos A La Mexicana Con Flor De Izote, Scrambled Eggs with Yucca Flower, Prepared Mexican Style.
If you are lucky enough to have a Yucca Tree (Yucca flowers are also available in Hispanic markets around L.A.), or if you have a friend who does, don’t let that wonderful cluster of flowers go to waste, tell them to have it cut down, and give it to you to prepare the way I did:
1 cluster Yucca Flowers
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup diced onions
1 serrano pepper chopped (optional)
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
4 eggs beaten with a fork
Salt to taste
1 avocado diced
6 corn tortillas
Remove the individual yucca flowers from their stem, and remove the pod from the center of the flowers, soak in water for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Bring a quart of salted water to a boil. Place the yucca flowers in the boiling water, allow to boil 4-5 minutes, and drain.
Heat the olive oil and add the chopped onion. When the onion begins to shimmer add the serrano pepper, stir for a couple of minutes, then add the yucca flowers, stir again, add the diced tomatoes, and then stir a few more minutes. Add the beaten eggs and stir over a medium high heat, until they reach the consistency you prefer.
Serve with diced avocado and warm tortillas, for making tacos.