Bean Trees provide a reliable protein and super-nutrition source in the form of edible seeds and pods, thanks to winter and summer rains. Bean trees are the plants that make AZ Uplands and Plains of Sonora subdivisions of the Sonoran Desert unique and bountiful.
Learn more about bean trees here:
-Beautiful Bountiful Beneficial Bean Trees Intro
-How to Plant a Desert Tree, How to Prune a Desert Tree
-Desert Ironwood page
-Palo Verde page
Cactus thrive in southwest deserts thanks to various drought and heat-tolerant strategies. These special plants also provide abundant and nutritious foods with multiple health benefits.
Learn more about cactus here:
-Cool Cacti Intro
-Prickly Pear page
Sky Island plants grow above the low-desert floor at elevations between ~3,000- 9,000', through riparian zones and various biotic communities such as desert scrub, grassland, pine-oak, and mixed conifer forests.
Learn more about Sky Island foods:
Sky Island Plants Intro,
Nuts and Berries
Mushrooms, Greens, Herbs page
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, a Harvest Calendar, and many Stories to help folks learn about and fall in love with desert foods and the drylands where they grow. See Store.
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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