I posted this in 2013, but was just learning to blog and I didn’t make it searchable. Here it is again – in time for holiday decorating.
Pomanders are used to add fragrance to stored clothing while they are said to also deter moths. Pomanders have traditionally been made by sticking cloves into oranges, or mixing cinnamon and nutmeg with applesauce. For those of you that love the scent of creosote bush, here is a Sonoran Pomander recipe I invented.
Dry creosote leaves until well dried.
Turn them into leaf “powder” in a blender.
Mix three parts leaf powder to one part applesauce.
Form into walnut sized balls, or pat into thick disks. If you get the mix too wet and have no more leaf powder, use a mild spice (like nutmeg) to add more “powder.” Don’t use something moths eat, like flour or mesquite meal.
Add ribbon if you wish to hang them (later!). Poke ribbon into the center with a toothpick.
Allow to dry for three to seven days. If you hang them too soon they fall apart.
* Substitute white glue for some or all of the applesauce.
* Hang one of these in your car and carry the desert with you as you drive!
You can read more about using creosote bush (and other native herbs) in my book Father Kino’s Herbs: Growing and Using Them Today.
If you live in Southeastern Arizona, please come to one of my lectures. Look for me at your local Pima County Library branch, Steam Pump Ranch, Tubac Presidio, Tucson Festival of Books and other venues. After each event I will be signing copies of my books, including the latest, “Southwest Fruit and Vegetable Gardening,” written for Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico (Cool Springs Press, $23).
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