Eat & Drink

In Good Taste

It might be hard to imagine that the arid desert could possibly deliver such a bounty of distinct foods and flavors, yet they come in abundance: fruity prickly pear cactus, densely sweet dates, mesquite-tinged honey, sweet and hot chiles, you-name-it. Savor these Southwestern sensations with gourmet food products crafted by local artisans.

A red bottle of hot sauce labeled Cutino Sauce Co. is surrounded by orange habanero peppers.
Credit: Cutino Sauce Co.

1. Cutino Sauce Co., Phoenix

Liven up your dishes with these small-batch, handmade hot sauces that range from the smoky Chipotle to the zingy Habanero. (Tip: don’t miss the limited-edition Ghost hot sauce, released every fall during the peak of ghost pepper season.)

Three colorful jars of salsa from the Sphinx Date Company.
Credit: Rebecca Seitz

2. Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry, Scottsdale

Local flavors are the draw at this farm and gourmet food shop filled with Arizona-made wines, gifts and treats. Try the sweet-and-tangy Medjool Date Salsa made with dates, tomatoes and chiles.

A jar of Rango Honey sits on a cutting board with raw honey and orange slices surrounding it.
Credit: Rango Honey

3. Rango Honey, Tempe

Add a touch of sweetness to your dishes with pure, raw honey straight from the Sonoran Desert, touting distinct flavors that come from wild sage, mesquite wood, Southwestern wildflowers and bright citrus groves.

One bottle of olive oil and one bottle of balsamic lay flat on a counter surrounded by lemon and yellow flowers.
Credit: Queen Creek Olive Mill

4. Queen Creek Olive Mill, Queen Creek

This family-owned olive farm is known for its flavorful lineup of extra virgin olive oils, specialty vinegars and pickled snacks—think Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Tequila Cask Balsamic Vinegar and Mesquite Smoked Almond Stuffed Olives.

A canister of Timbo's spices labeled Adobo Spice.
Credit: Timbo's Spice

5. Timbo’s Spice, Gilbert

Spice things up with one of these handcrafted seasonings and rubs, such as the Adobo Spice, a chile-forward blend made in collaboration with local Chef Andres Jimenez.

A bottle and jar of Arizona Cactus Ranch nectar and spread.
Credit: Arizona Cactus Ranch

6. Arizona Cactus Ranch, Green Valley

Surrounded by wild Engelmann prickly pear cactus, this century-old cattle ranch hand-harvests the fruit buds in late summer to make all-natural prickly pear nectar with no added sugar or preservatives.

Four bottles of Prickly Pear Sour Iconic Cocktail mix lays on a counter with the cactus.
Credit: Iconic Cocktail Co

7. Iconic Cocktail Co., Phoenix

Elevate your at-home cocktail experience with specialty tonics, syrups, flavorings and mixers. The Prickly Pear Sour mix pairs perfectly with your choice of spirit for a pleasantly pink—and quintessentially Arizonan—drink.

A white box of Hayden Four Mills pizza flour lays flat on a counter surrounded by pizza ingredients.
Credit: Natalia Wrobel Katz

8. Hayden Flour Mills, Queen Creek

Stock up on stone-milled flour, artisan pastas and heritage grains from this flour mill, where you’ll find options like White Sonora Wheat Pizza Flour and Yellow Corn Polenta made from locally grown ingredients.

Article originally published in the 2021 Arizona Official State Travel Guide by Miles Partnership.


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