Nopalitos - Agave Syrup - Mesquite flour - Edible & Medicinal Plants

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

March 10, 2018   1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Have you tasted the sweet, unique flour that can be ground from mesquite pods? How about prickly pear cactus fruit jelly, or a nopalito; the pickled strips of a prickly pear cactus pad? Desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd guides this one-hour walk/tasting experience. Try 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 thousands of years. *This tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.* Jim’s guided tour is included with $12.50 adult daily admission – or free with your AZ State Parks annual pass. This guided walk repeats March 25 (Sunday) with David Morris as your guide.