Mesquite Pods 101 Training with Desert Harvesters, May 20, 2017 — Tucson AZ

Mesquite Pods 101 Training

Nutty? Tamarindo? Sweet? Train your palette to distinguish these and other mesquite-pod flavors! Photo credit: Brad Lancaster.

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 7:30 am – 12 noon

Venue: Hoff Building behind Food Conspiracy Co-op
Address: 425 East 7th Street, Tucson, AZ

$15 per person (or $25 if you register for both Mesquite Pods 101 on May 20 & Hammermill Operation & Safety Workshop on May 21)

This hands-on workshop is for those wanting to better understand and then be able to help teach others how to harvest and process the best-tasting, safest, highest-quality mesquite pods. We’ll expose your palate to many mesquite flavors that are available: nutty, tamarindo, sweet, sweet & sour, etc. Harvesting pods before the monsoon rain is the best practice. Even if you don’t plan on helping mill pods at our events, this harvest and inspection information will greatly improve your own harvests. If you have mesquite pods we can all sample, bring them! We want everyone to be able to sample a wide variety of flavors and qualities.

And if you have mesquite pods you’d like to have milled, bring them! We need pods to run through the tasting, inspection, and ticketing phases in preparation for the following day’s hammermill training.

The Co-op opens at 7 am so attendees are encouraged to cruise through on their way to the workshop to pick up any snacks they might want to nibble on, or stop by afterward for lunch in the form of a grab & go sandwich or a plateful from their hot bar.

NOTE: This workshop is mandatory for milling hosts’ volunteers. Anyone wanting to operate our hammermill or become a miller for Desert Harvesters must attend BOTH of this weekend’s workshops.

Be like Omar! Train your eye to discern high-quality pods from questionable ones. Photo credit: Jim Harris.

Those who volunteer at least five hours at the Mesquite Milling and Fiesta on June 22 will receive in exchange a copy of Desert Harvesters’ new “Eat Mesquite and More! A Sonoran Desert Living Cookbook!” due to be released end of summer!

To register, RSVP, or for questions about these workshops:

Trainings are limited to 25 participants, so register early to assure your place!

This event made even better due to generous support from Lush Cosmetics & The Sustainable Lush Fund.