Our popular Yucca Root Shampoo & Body Soap was featured in this interactive National Park Service poster which outlines the many uses of our native yucca, also known as cortadillo in Spanish. You lift the panels to match the product with the part of the yucca used to make it. Since you can't read the poster or lift the flaps here, I've recreated the English version below. The educational poster is also in Spanish.
Yucca: One Stop Shopping
Imagine yourself living in the surrounding desert some 500 years ago. Without any grocery stores, where would you get your food? What about soap and medicine? The soaptree yucca is your store, with more than 100 different uses!
Leaves (Hojas): used to make cords for baskets, aprons, and sandals
You can dry the leaves and weave them whole. For finer threads, soak the leaves, scrape them, separate the fibers, and twist.
Roots & Leaves (Raiz y hojas): used to make soap & shampoo
Peel and puree the root then let dry. Scrape the leaf, mix with water, then strain the scrapings.
Flowers (Flores comestibles): used to make frittatas & other dishes
Cook the petals with your favorite egg dish, or add them to hearty stews of beef, pork, or chicken.
Seeds (Semillas): used to dye fibers for basketry
Soak seeds in water to make a rich black dye.