We'll harvest ironwood tree beans dried on the trees. They taste nutty, similar to soy, peanut, or pistachio. They're 32% protein and have been eaten for centuries by the locals. The trees can live 1400 years. They have gray bark and lavender blossoms in April.
Bring your hat, sunscreen, lots of icy water, sunglasses, and sturdy hiking shoes. Afterward we'll meet at my home for some wild desert treats, food prep demos, and maybe a swim in the pool!
The goal is to learn hands-on how to forage in the Sonoran Desert. Other medicinal and edible plants will be pointed out as we see them. Our attitude is one of deep appreciation for the Sonoran Desert and its inhabitants.
We'll endeavor to keep the 6' distancing rule in play for safety during COVID.
7:00 TO 10:00 a.m.
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We'll meet at co-host Mike Clow's ranch 20 miles southeast of Maricopa, Arizona. We'll drive a few miles on gravel roads to the hilly saguaro forest. You will need a traditional saguaro picker or a 12' or longer extendable golf ball retriever pole you can get at a sporting goods store or here for $20: http://www.kellyathena.com/foraging-equipment-and-supplies.html (scroll down the link's page). We'll harvest saguaro fruit for about one and a half hours (no experience necessary), then return to the ranch house for a potluck meal featuring some wild desert foods. You can bring a dish of your choice if you'd like.
We'll endeavor to keep the 6' distancing rule in place for COVID and stay safe. Please bring sunscreen, sunglasses, lots of icy water or a Gatorade-type drink, a hat, and sturdy hiking shoes (it's rocky and hilly).
Our goal is to honor the desert and the traditional people's use of the delicious saguaro by harvesting some of the fruit.
The exact address will be emailed to you within a few hours of getting your Eventbrite ticket below.
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We'll learn how to harvest saguaro fruits. Bring a golf ball retriever if you have one. It is not required as you can borrow mine. Extendable to 12' or more preferred. Then we'll drive a couple miles to a grove of velvet mesquite trees that are ripe with beans and harvest them. This will be our main harvest of the day. Other edible and medicinal plants will be explained as we see them such as the paloverde and ironwood trees. Then we'll go inside and enjoy some wild desert treats. The exact addresses will be emailed to you within a few hours of getting your ticket at the Eventbrite link below. Let's connect with our desert plants!
Please bring heavy gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, lots of icy water, and wear long pants and long sleeves as it is a thorny, brushy area.
Thanks to owner Cassie Tolman of the Pomegranate Cafe for supporting local foraging by including some of it in her menu!
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7:30 TO 10:30 A.M.