Prickly Pear Fruit – Desert Harvest Series – with Desert Harvesters’/Mano Y Metate’s Amy Valdes-Schwemm, August 17, 2017 — Tucson AZ

Thursday, August 17
4-7 pm

(Saturday hands-on workshop on August 19)

Prickly Pear Fruit
with Desert Harvesters’/Mano Y Metate‘s Amy Valdes-Schwemm
Prickly-pear fruit (in Spanish, tunas) have been cultivated and foraged for thousands of years. Learn best harvest and processing practices to make, store, and enjoy prickly-pear juice. Sample beverages like prickly-pear lemonade.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market
Mercado San Agustín
100 S. Avenido del Convento
Tucson, AZ 85745

All demos are free and open to the public!
Sponsored by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Unless otherwise indicated, these are demonstrations, not hands-on workshops. If you find a wild food that you particularly like, keep an eye out for possible upcoming hands-on workshops &/or volunteer harvesting opportunities with Desert Harvesters, Bean Tree Farm, and other collaborators!

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Beautiful Berries! NEW
with Desert Harvesters’/Bean Tree Farm‘s Barbara Rose
Thursday, September 14  
4-7 pm
Ample summer rains plump early-Autumn desert berries, signaling a subtle change of seasons. Wolfberries and hackberries brighten bushes with their juicy red and orange goodness. Sample berries in sauces, baked goods, salsas, and preserved in a variety of ways.

Mesquite Treats & Bake Sale NEW
with Desert Harvesters
Thursday, October 26  
3-6 pm 
(Saturday hands-on workshop on October 28)
Although mesquite pods are harvested in summer, they store well, whole or milled into flour, to be used year-round. Cooler weather means warming up the oven and kitchen with baking! Learn about using mesquite in your favorite recipes, sample sweet treats, and support Desert Harvesters Bake Sale!

Seasonal Salsas, Chutneys, & Sauces
with Desert Harvesters
Thursday, November 16  
3-6 pm 
(Saturday hands-on workshop on November 18)
Inspire your kitchen creativity using desert foods of this season like wolfberries and chiltepin, combined with stored foods from seasons past like mesquite flour and prickly pear juice. Sample warming recipes that connect you to place.

Barrel Cactus Fruit
with Desert Harvesters’ Jill Lorenzini
Thursday, December 7  
3-6pm (Saturday hands-on workshop on December 9)
Discover how easy and fun it is to harvest and use this colorful winter desert fruit! Sample fruit, seeds, pulp, both raw and cooked into sweet and savory treats.

For more information about the Desert Harvest Series demos:
Contact the Community Food Bank @ (520) 882-3313 or visit

For further information about Saturday follow-up hands-on workshops:
Please contact Barbara at or Jill at