Sky Islands plants grow well above low desert valley floors, at elevations between ~3,000- 9,000' through various biomes such as grassland, pine-oak, and mixed conifer forests. Sky Island foods include: acorns, mushrooms, elderberries, manzanita and juniper berries, pine nuts, greens, herbs.
Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods & Living is arranged by season, with 17 different desert foods and 189 recipes. More than a cookbook, it includes Meet the Ingredient, Plant Basics, and Stories to help folks learn about and fall in love with desert foods and the lands where they grow.
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RESOURCES: A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert; Plant Foods of the Sonoran Desert (Hodgson); Wild Desert Foods (Dahl), I'itoi's Garden; Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum