Agave Nectar, Nopalitos & Tastes of the Sonoran Desert

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

June 2 and July 7, 2018   8:00 am

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Learn about plants along our Curandero Trail on a leisurely guided walk with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd. You'll see prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees and more! Plus, you'll have a chance to taste a few desert edible samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar. During his walk, Jim shares a synopsis of Arboretum history and narrates ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years.  Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Guided tour is $12.50 adult daily admission- - free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass.