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Indigenous peoples of the region pit-bake the crowns to dry and pound them into flour in order to make bread.
The alcoholic drink sotol, is made from the fermented inner cores of the desert spoon. It has been produced historically in West Texas and currently in Central Texas using the Dasylirion texanum species.
Dasylirion texanum is cultivated in by specialty plant nurseries and available as an ornamental plant for native plant, drought tolerant, natural landscape, and habitat gardens; and for ecological restoration projects.
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