Health Benefits of Yucca

Part of FuegoMundo’s Healthy Dining Series…

Yucca is a healthy root vegetable that has a brown outer skin and white on the inside.  There are properties in the Yucca that can help arthritis and rheumatism due to the plants’ high content of steroid saponins, which are precursors to cortisone, and act as an anti-inflammatory.  Yucca is high in Vitamins C, B & A as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.  Diuretics and emetics are commonly made from both the root and leaves of the Yucca. 

Did you know that you can consume the Yucca Root as you would a potato?  Yucca is delicious baked, boiled or fried.  Add it to your favorite soup and substitute it for potatoes for an added health benefit.

Yucca is native to South America, in the Amazon Basin of Brazil.  It was one of the 1st cultivated plants in the western hemisphere. This tropical root is referred to as cassava, manioc, sweet potato tree & tapioca plant. It’s now widely cultivated in California, Arizona, Nevada, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines & Africa.  Native Americans, Mexicans and Indians have used the Yucca Root for centuries to treat a wide variety of maladies, especially headaches, gonorrhea, arthritis and rheumatism.

We hope you enjoy the “Yucca Fries & Dip” at FuegoMundo that can be ordered as a Tapas or a side dish.  Or try boiled Yucca by ordering FuegoMundo’s homemade Latin Vegetable Soup (Sancocho).   All FuegoMundo soups are vegan and low-fat. 

Eat Healthy & Enjoy!