Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk with Jim Shepherd

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

October 13, 2018   1:30 pm

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Have you tasted the sweet flour that can be ground from mesquite pods? How about prickly pear cactus fruit jelly? Or a ‘nopalito’ pickled from strips of prickly pear cactus pads? Desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd guides a one-hour walk on the first Saturday each month this summer 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.

**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.**