Edible & Medicinal Plants Walk with David Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

October 28, 2018   1:30 pm

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Have you tasted the sweet, unique flour that can be ground form mesquite pods? How about prickly pear cactus fruit jelly, or a nopalito; the pickled strips of a prickly pear cactus pad? Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist Dave Morris guides this one-hour walk where you'll see prickly pear cacti, the towering stalks of our native Agave chrysantha, and mesquite trees, with a chance to taste a few 'desert edible' samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar. Ethno-Botany is the study of edible, medicinal and practical uses for desert plants that have fed, clothed and healed desert dwellers for 1,000 years. For more information visit https://cals.arizona.edu/bta/edibleplants.html

Editor’s note: this tour explores the Arboretum’s Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

David’s guided tour is included with $12.50 adult daily admission – or free with your Az State Parks pass.