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« on: May 03, 2012 09:15:49 AM »

I currently live in Costa Rica and have decided to start writing about the food I eat here.  Though I am a vegetarian many of the recipes are really appropriate for everyone like this little gem, Torta de Flor de Itabo.   You can also see my full blog post at http://www.chicaenglish.com/my-blog/2012/05/scrambled-eggs-and-flowers.html

So here is a recipe for Flor de Itabo which are yucca flowers. If you live in the southwest no doubt you seem them everyday. I bet you didn't know that pretty white petals edible. In Costa Rica markets and roadside full of Flor de Itabo branches mark the coming of Easter known here as Semana Santa since it blooms March though April.

They are an excellent source of vitamin C and also contain iron, phosphorus and niacin, as well as fiber. So these little boogers are nutritious too!

Torta de Flor de Itabo

Remove petals from the plant being careful not to pinch or damage until you have approximately 1 cup.  Wash carefully.

Next Place the flowers in boiling water and cook about 5 minutes until soft.  The petals should still be crisp but tender.  Drain and transfer to a plate.

Peel 5 small potatoes and boil. Then roughly mash. Set aside.

Heat a small amount of canola oil and saute finely diced onion and one clove of garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent.

Then add the Flor de Itabo and eggs. Mix to scramble ensuring the Itabo is well coated. Cook until the eggs are almost done and then add the potatoes.

Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012 09:23:51 AM »

How interesting.  What do they taste like?
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012 09:25:14 AM »

The taste is hard to describe because it is very subtle.  It is a bit like a leek and potato mixed with a touch of sprouts.  Does that make sense?
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012 09:26:04 AM »

Yes it does.  Thanks so much for sharing.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012 04:21:09 PM »

Hah! I have yucca growing in my front yard. Smiley 

(It's a rather evasive plant in my climate and can take over a flower bed in short order.)

Never knew I could eat it though. I'll have to give this a try next time it blooms.
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