Flor de Izote con Huevos – Yucca flower with eggs   3 comments

I cooked something!   Sharing the recipe with you.   Something totally new (to me) and Salvadoran.  Flor de Izote con Huevos – which is Yucca flower with eggs.  Not to be confused with cassava root / Yuca (one “c”) which people eat, usually boiled, and tastes similar to a potato.

This is a white flower that sprouts from the top of what we call the “Izote” plant/bush/tree, and is also the national flower of El Salvador.  I learned that the Izote plant is also a big desert plant, which makes sense since El Salvador has virtually no rainfall for 6 months a year.   Pictures, with instructions for cooking, for anyone interested in making this at home (if you can get your hands on an Izote flower where you  live).

Flor de Izote

You start with the flower that grows on the top of the Izote bush/tree

The hard part inside of the flower is bitter, so most people take remove it before they cook it.

After the insides of the flowers are taken out, wash the petals and strain them.

Then boil the petals until they get soft – 5 minutes or so. They will look a bit more transparent.

I sauteed one medium size onion and 2-3 tomatoes. Cook them first before adding the flowers, as the flowers have already been boiled. Add salt and pepper or whatever spices you like. Ground ginger is nice for this recipe.

After the onion and tomato are sauteed, add the flowers and cook for a few minutes to absorb the flavors.

The final step is to add the eggs. Here I show the finished product on the plate but you get the idea. You can whip the eggs first or break them into the pan and stir them quickly into the vegetable mixture.

 

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3 responses to “Flor de Izote con Huevos – Yucca flower with eggs

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  1. We have this tree in front of our condo here in Southern CA. I just learned this year that the blossoms are edible when neighbors began harvesting them. Unfortunately they do so by bending down the tall branches until they are broken or damaged :-( I would like to try to make this myself sometime. The flowering season seems to be over for us this time around but perhaps next time. Thanks for showing me how it is done.

    • Too bad they break the branches like that – they need a ladder. They taste good, not a very strong flavor, so mix well with the eggs. Salvadorans are crazy about eating flowers and flower buds. Loroco, a main ingredient used in cheese pupusas are actually unopened flower buds from a vining plant. And these things called “chufles” which they eat in soups are also unopened large flower buds. Hope you get to the blossoms before the tree hackers do next year!

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