Yuccas and Nolinas
The thick-leaved Mojave yucca (Yucca schidigera), was not a main food source
for desert Indians, although they did roast and eat the fruit pods. This
yucca was most valued for its strong leaf fibers, which were used to weave mats and sandals, and for the soap
extracted from the roots. Parry nolina (Nolina parryii), has long, thin leaves
and is sometimes called beargrass. Its tall flower stalk was baked in a pit
and eaten, but the taste was said to be somewhat bitter.
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