Yucca is commonly known as a Joshua Tree and can be found throughout the southwestern United States. Did you know that this plant can be used from top to bottom? Pounding the leaves can make some of the strongest cordage in the wild. The roots are used to make a natural soap or shampoo. Be careful to not prick yourself!
For more info on Yucca, check out page 137 of Stayin' Alive Outdoor Techniques
3 pounds yuca (also known as cassava or manioc), peeled
Vegetable oil for frying
Fine sea salt
1. Boil yuca in water until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain, pat dry, trim fibrous inner core (you'll see it), and cut into 1/2-in.-thick sticks about 3 in. long.
2. Heat 2 to 3 in. oil in a large saucepan until oil registers 350° on a deep-fry thermometer. Fry yuca in batches until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle immediately with salt.
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