The yucca cropped by farmer Osvaldo Antonio Aguilera Valdes calls the people's attention in the rural settlement of Las Barias, not far from Buenaventura – the headtown of the Cuban municipality of Calixto Garcia, Holguin province.
Yucca Leads to Comments of Many Types in Cuba
It is that "Toñon," as every body calls him, uprooted a one meter 25 centimeters long yucca that he proudly shows to all curious eyes.
Toñon said that he planted a yucca seed of the Portoplata variety, which he knew when he was a child, and that he retook at 65.
That farmer associated to the "Cristino Naranjo" cooperative of credits and services has become a natural activist in the rescue of different clones of yucca; indeed a need for today's response to production to face climate change.
"I've always like yucca farming because it's the only one that waits for man to go for it when he needs it. We can get from yucca casabe (yucca bread) and other derivatives, besides being delicious to accompany rice and beans, and roast pork. Talking of this yucca I had to extract it very carefully. You see, it didn't break, and tastes so deliciously," said Toñon with his usual smile, pleased with the results as a farmer. / By Pablo Aleaga Tamayo – Radio Juvenil / Translated by Radio Angulo.