Edible-Medicinal Desert Plants Walk with Jim Shepherd - Jan 12



Edible-Medicinal Desert Plants Walk with Jim Shepherd – Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Nopalitos? Agave syrup? Mesquite flour? 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 a 1:30 p.m. 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 Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Event repeats December 8, and January 12.  $15 for Adults, $5 for children 5-12, free for children under 5. Free to Arboretum members. 8:30 am. 602-827-3000 or https://cals.arizona.edu/bta/events.html or https://www.facebook.com/btarboretum/ 

Date:

Jan 12, 2019

Location:

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E. Arboretum Way
Superior, AZ 85273

Hours:

8:30 am

Phone:

602-827-3000

Price:

$15 for Adults, $5 for children 5-12, free for children under 5. Free to Arboretum members.

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