In southwest and far west Texas, lechugilla, the smallest species of
the agave family, was one of the main plants baked in earth ovens. The
plants shown here are drought stricken and unsuited for baking. In wet
years, lechugilla plants are greener and filled out; when properly baked
for several days, the hearts of the plants are quite sweet and readily
digestible. Photo by Phil Dering.