Yellow Moon (the April time that the Sonora Desert turns yellow with flowers) has now passed into to the bright green phase of early June when palo verde pods swell with sweet peas! Bolster yourself for this small window of time to “jump through” for tasting a special Sonoran Desert treat.
Tia Marta here, encouraging you to head out THIS WEEK into the desert with gloves and basket to pick plump pods of foothills palo verde while they are still in the sweet stage.
It won’t last long with the heat of June. Timing is everything! And NOW is IT. Next week, when the pea-like seeds inside the pods are drying and turning to a stony chocolate-brown, they are still edible and nutritious–but that is a different ball game involving lots more culinary prep work.
Scroll back in this SavortheSouthwest.blog archive to my post about Luscious Legume Trees for some fun instructions and recipes.
This is an invitation to experience palo verdes from your comfortable and cool shut-in solitude–no masks needed: Join me for an enriching how-to online Zoom Workshop about our 3 Tucson area palo verdes, coming up SOON, June 2, 2020 at 2pm via Mission Garden. You can sign up thru this “Palo Verde Window.”
With the Zoom format you will learn to identify our 3 different local palo verdes (blue, little leaf and Mexican), get to know which ones are edible, their rich nutrition, their ethnobotany, and recipe ideas. As we share Mission Garden’s “Zoom kitchen” you’ll be able to ask questions in face-time. See you there!
Note–if you can’t join the live Zoom Workshop June 2, you might still be able to register to “attend” via recorded Zoom thereafter.
Happy wild-harvesting –with thanks for the paloverde-plenty that surrounds us through this window of opportunity!
Find other Southwest heirloom foods available online at www.flordemayoarts.com and www.nativeseeds.org .
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This is a new one for me. It is amazing how obscure many of the edible native plants are. I think I know more about them than most, but I know only a few.
Ethnobotanist Wendy Hodgson say that there are more than 500 edible wild plants on the Sonoran Desert. We’re all learning!
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It is not an easy topic to research. Like any other topic, we can only research the information that is put out there. It still annoys me that all these odd fruits from South America and Southeast Asia are so trendy while only people within the native ranges know what something as simple as a paw paw is.