Now, you might not think of the desert as being a very rich place for food with all the cactus and spiny plants, but actually it’s full of things to eat. The native people of Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona have been farming and gathering food here for centuries. You would need a bit a of training for the wild edibles, but growing your own food here is easily done with heat adapted plants. I’ve talked through the years about desert gardening and you can take a look at my tips here.
I went down to the local seed shop Native Seed Search. It’s a really amazing organization (note I am not affiliated with them I just like them a lot) that has been gathering and saving native seeds from all over the Sonoran and higher deserts. They have a huge seed lending library and a lovely shop selling seed packets, handmade grass baskets and lots of beans, flour, chili and books! It was hard to choose, but I decided to go with some of my favorite things. I wanted you to have a taste of Tucson. The giveaway includes:
- Locally gathered and milled mesquite flour
- A bag of native black eyed peas
- A packet of Navajo Hubbard squash seeds
Mesquite flour is so lovely! It is sweet and slightly smoky; a great addition to baked goods. There are mesquite trees all over Southern Arizona, we have one in our backyard too! You can get my recipe for Mesquite Blackberry Muffins here.
To enter the giveaway simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite food native to your area. I’ll pick a winner via random number generator on Friday morning and announce it shortly there after. Goodluck!
The winner is number 12 Lisa who said, “ What a lovely giveaway! I’ve been thinking about mesquite flour ever since you posted a banana bread recipe with it some time ago.”