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Yuca is a starchy root that fries up beautifully.

Here's the short form of the yuca fries recipe:

Skin, chop into sticks, and parboil yuca for 15 - 20 minutes in salty water; drain

Fry in lard at 350 F until golden brown

I prefer using lard to industrially processed seed oil, such as corn, peanut, or canola oils, because I can render the lard myself and talk with the farmer who raised the pig about what it ate and how it lived. Plus, the fries just taste better fried in lard.

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
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Yuca and enough lard to fry it. The second image shows some of the yuca after peeling their skin.

 
tinaciousz12 months ago

Cuban approved! Lard is a staple in Cuban cooking. We put it on everything! You should taste what it does to bread. Cuban bread is my favorite part of visiting my parents in Miami. I'll have to try this recipe out!

faiza0071 year ago

"yucca" looks similar to tapioca root..is it the same thing?
and these look so crispy..! i want some.. ;)

No, it is not the same. Yucca is a flowering plant that may or may not be edible. However yuca, also known as tapioca, mandioca or cassava is totally different and it is shown in this pictures.

thank you so much for the info..! :)

Yes, it's the same, Tapioca is the starch of the Yucca (Also called, cassava, Manioc, Mandioca...)

blkhawk1 year ago

Yucca is not edible. I believe that you meant tapioca. Tapioca is called "yuca" in some Latin American countries.

ewilhelm (author)  blkhawk1 year ago

You're right. Thanks for the correction.

Now you have my vote! :-)

That's right! But in some countries the Yucca flowers and roots are eaten often, but you have to know well the plant to be sure don't eat other variety.

The Wikipedia article says: "

"Yuccas are widely grown as ornamental plants in gardens. Many species also bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, flowering stems, and more rarely roots.
References to yucca root as food often stem from confusion with the
similarly pronounced, but botanically unrelated, yuca, also called cassava (Manihot esculenta)."

The pictures in this project depict a tapioca or mandioca root.

krispunke1 year ago
Yuca = tapioca. Yucca is not the same plant. It's a common misconception, but there are indeed two separate plants. Different varieties of the Yucca trees indigenous to the N. American deserts are more palatable than others (soaptree yucca has better tasting flowers than roots, etc) Nice thing about eating this while camping? Save a couple of roots to wash up with after eating the fries! :-D ^5, sharing this recipe. Thanks!
ewilhelm (author)  krispunke1 year ago

Thanks for the correction!

krispunke1 year ago
* saponins, not sappopin. sorry.
krispunke1 year ago
I'm in New Mexico, USA. Our state flower is the yucca, and it is edible. If you eat the fruits, you want them to be about halfway developed: full grown, they taste too soapy. (Yucca root & flowers contain enough sappopin to be used as a very mild soap!) This is also why the roots should be used quickly, rinsed thoroughly and cooked in a way that really gets them all the way through, as heat kills the chemical. :)
sunshiine1 year ago

Never tried them and we have a lot of yucca. Can you describe the flavor? I mean do they taste a lot like french fries? Thanks for sharing!

sunshiine

Well, it's very similar to french fries, but I think is better :)

Thanks, I just might try them when I get home. Have a great day!
sunshiine
ykyk1 year ago
这好像是炸, 额,貌似你们看不懂中文吧?
Mutazek1 year ago

I love Yucca!!! That's so typical from my country (Colombia), I like to eat it with some "Ají de Cilantro" or with "Hogao".... Yikes.. mouthwatering...