There are 49 plant species and 24 sub-species of the genus Yucca, which are
distributed from the Northern United States to Central America.
The Yucca schidigera is a plant endemic to North America, its distribution extends from Southwestern
United States in Nevada, Arizona and California to the desert of Baja California in Mexico, however,
due to U.S. environmental restrictions and regulations, Yucca schidigera, can only be harvested in
Baja California, Mexico.
Yucca schidigera grows to a height of 4 to 5 meters (13 to 17 feet) in an approximate period of 30 years or more.
Its leaves measure from 30-105 cm (11 to 41 inches) long by 3-5 cm (1 to 2 inches) wide and are yellowish green
Their flowers are globose, white or creamy and commonly dyed purple at the base.
Our suppliers of Yucca schidigera plants are various community farms (co-ops) that provide us
with the raw material harvested from the wild population found on their own properties and ranches.
In order for these community farms to be able to sell us Yucca schidigera raw material, we must
first conduct a technical forestry study to establish a sustainable management plan of this natural
resource. These studies determine the annual volume and the area that can be harvested and we then
establish strict 15 year sustainable harvesting plans to harvest this natural resource.
This plan is submitted to SEMARNAT (Secretariat of the environment and natural resources) and this
government agency authorizes harvesting permits and issues forestry guidelines that must accompany
each delivery of Yucca schidigera stems which are delivered to the processing plant.
Harvesting of Yucca schidigera is supervised by our in-house forestry technicians, who determine
the selected area for harvesting and instruct workers to ensure that all the harvested plants
adhere to the authorized harvesting guidelines.
Once the appropriate harvesting studies are completed and the harvesting permits are granted
by SEMARNAT, a processing program is completed according to our requirements of raw material
for our yearly production needs.
At the end of the harvesting cycle, PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency) conducts
an inspection of the harvested areas, as well as our production plant and facilities to verify
that the processed volumes are the same as those authorized by SEMARNAT in accordance with the permits.
Today, the extract from this plant, is used as a natural remedies, as a natural foaming and flavoring
agent in the food and beverage industry, it is also used prominently as an ingredient in feedstuffs,
in the poultry, swine, ruminants and other animal industries, in aquaculture species, as well as the
pet food industry. Additionally, it is utilized as a surfactant agent for the treatment of grain, soil
conditioner and growth promoter in the agriculture industry. It is also used for the treatment of
wastewater in the reduction of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and noxious odors.