Mojave River Valley Museum
Parry's Nolina - Desert Foods
While at first glance it looks like a short
this nolina, nolina parryi, another form of yucca, usually
grows only a few feet tall. It has long, grass-like leaves and, in the late spring, if there has been
enough rain, will shoot up a five- or six-foot tall, white flower stalk.
The stalks provided abundant and dependable food for
Cahuilla Indians. They were baked in stone-lined pits, converting
the fibrous material into a rich, molasses-like consistancy.
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Parry's Nolina (nolina parryii)