Edible plants in arizona desert

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edible plants in arizona desert

Wild Edible Plants of Arizona by Charles W. Kane

Serving up 58 calorically/nutritionally important wild edibles for the prepper, plant utilitarian, or curious hiker/camper, Wild Edible Plants of Arizona has the distinction of being the only state-specific guide of its kind in print. Field-portable and information-salient, readers will find the materials utility on-point and handy. A discussion of each plants edible use and preparation is the booklets primary aim, though space is also given to range and habitat, medicinal uses, cautions, and noteworthy special considerations. Helpful additions include sustenance ratings (low, medium, or high), collection timing and desired plant-part indicators, 58 Arizona-only county-location maps, over 160 color photos, and a 450-listing general index.
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Wild Edible Plants Part 2, Featuring Arizona Bushman

Edible plants are quite common here in the Sonoran Desert, and many of them have traditionally been gathered and used by this area's Native Americans.
Charles W. Kane

5 Edible Desert Plants

However, desert plants offer some unexpected culinary opportunity. Though many desert plants look threatening and unappetizing , many are safe to eat. Surprisingly, many edible plants high in vitamins grow in the desert. Knowing about these plants could come in handy in a survival situation! They also can create unique meals that are good sources of many essential nutrients. When foraging for wild plants in the desert, it is important to distinguish the edible parts from the rest. Going foraging with a guide is the surest way to find tasty edible plants in the wild.

There are many plants in the desert that can serve as vital aids in wilderness survival. Some serve as a source of food, some as material for shelters and others serve as the perfect material for friction fires. Some of the best plants in the desert for food are those that provide some kind of edible fruit or seed. Therefore, you need to learn to properly identify any plants you intend to eat. It is best approach them with respect and consume them in moderation. In the United States, there are four major deserts that span much of the southwestern portion of the country.

2. Mesquite

Experience Scottsdale uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By closing this message or continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies on this browser. There are hundreds of edible plants in the Sonoran Desert and Native cultures have been harvesting them for food and medicinal purposes for centuries.

This page provides an index to plants used for food by the native people of the Sonoran Desert. Note all cactus fruit is edible, but some does not taste good. The best tasting cactus fruit comes from the Saguaro, Prickly Pear, and Barrel cacti. A Desert Christmas cactus. Agave, a plant of many uses. Brittlebush and chewing gum.

Sweet red fruit rests on the arm of a prickly Saguaro. Yellowing pods are ground into meal. Spiked bright-green pads are roasted over a crackling fire pit. From ice cream to candy to margaritas, prickly pear makes the rounds in many Southwest kitchens. Carefully pull out the spines first.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Marjolaine A. says:

    Surprisingly, many edible plants high in vitamins grow in the desert. It is extremely common in Arizona, Southern California, and Mexico.

  2. Eve C. says:

    There are hundreds of edible plants in the Sonoran Desert and Native cultures have been harvesting them for food and medicinal purposes for centuries.

  3. Katie V. says:

    1. Prickly pear

  4. Drusila S. says:

    The great Sonoran Desert might look arid and lifeless to the unfamiliar eye, but over edible and medicinal plants thrive in the desert.

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