Category Archives: Wildfoods Class

Foraging in the Sonoran Desert

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014; 8a – 3p

Where: near Tucson, AZ

Who: Anyone interested in learning to forage wild plants and eat from their surroundings

Cost: $50 per person

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Learn to eat from what you find in the desert!  Join local herbalist & forager, John Slattery, on a wild foraging journey in our local mountains. We will be exploring the great diversity of native wild foods which exist in our local habitat. Numerous wild foods will be identified, and we will gather and prepare select, available wild foods. Additionally, important out of season wild plant foods will be demonstrated with samples and field identification. Basic topics covered will include:

Proper Identification of Edible Species

Time of Year for Proper Harvest

Methods of Preparation

Location, Environment, and Habitat for each Plant

Please bring proper walking shoes, needed protection from the sun, adequate water for a full day of sun exposure, and a packed lunch. Our meeting place will be announced upon registration. Limited to 12 participants. Contact John at John@SonoranHerbalist.com with any questions regarding the class.

Visit http://www.sonoranpermaculture.org/courses-and-workshops/ to register (scroll down the page).

Raw Emory Oak Acorns

Upcoming DEMO – Acorns: an Abundant & Delicious Food Resource

 Desert Harvesters’ Pre-Monsoon Mesquite Milling
 Sunday, June 22, 2014
 403 N. 6th Ave.,Tucson, AZ      

6am to 9am

with local herbalist & forager, John Slattery

At 8a John will be conducting an informative, hands-on demo on our local acorns. You will learn about the two main varieties of oak in our area which produce tasty and reliable acorn harvests each year, how to identify them, how and when to gather, how to process, and solar acorn bread baking for all to taste after the presentation.

Desert Tortoise Botanicals delicious, iced Prickly Pear drinks will be served, and a selection of products will be available for sale. More information about foraging in the Sonoran desert will be available at our booth.

Come down and talk to us about the exciting lifeway and pastime of foraging in the desert!

Desert Harvesters’ Pre-Monsoon Mesquite Milling (flyer)

 Hosted by Exo Roast Co. and Tap & Bottle
 403 N. 6th Ave.,Tucson, AZ

PosterBring Your Own Mesquite Pods! Pods for milling must be clean, dry, and free of mold/fungus, stones, leaves, and other debris.

 Cost: $3/gallon of whole pods, with a minimum of $10.

There will also be:
 • native wild foods demonstrations – Acorns, Palo Verde peas
 • Exo’s mesquite-, mole-, and chiltepin-infused coffees,
 • Mesquite baked goods and cactus fruit popsicles
 • Sale of seeds and seedlings of the best-tasting native bean trees and chiltepines — so you can plant yours in time for the rains.

Green Yucca fruit

Wild Foods Walkabout

  • Saturday April 13, 2013  7:30a-3:30p
  • Cost:  $70  (includes wild foods sampling feast!)
  • Where:  Local wildlands – location to be announced weather depending
  • Contact:  John at sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com with any questions about the class content
  • Register:  email Dan at dorsey@dakotacom.net or call 520-624-8030

Learn to eat from what you find in the wild!  Join Sonoran herbalist, John Slattery, on a wild foraging journey in our local desert & mountains.  We will be exploring the great diversity of native wild foods which exist in our local habitat.  Numerous wild foods will be identified, and we’ll gather and prepare some select edibles.  Basic topics covered will include: Proper Identification of Edible Species, Time of Year for Proper Harvest, Methods of Preparation, Location, Environment, and Habitat for each Plant.  We can carpool from the meeting place to the mountains.

Please bring proper walking shoes, protection from the sun, adequate water for a full day of sun exposure, and a packed lunch.