Foraging in the Sonoran Desert

Foraging in the Sonoran Desert


Saturday, October 17, 2015 8a – 4p
$75 per person

Location: near Tucson; to be announced upon registration
Exploring and observing our desert home for the great variety of tasty and nutritious wild plant foods it offers. Living in the Sonoran desert, particularly southeast Arizona, one must consider the mountains as well as the low desert. Together we will explore the local terrain in search of wild plant foods.
Join local herbalist & forager, John Slattery, on a wild foraging journey in our local desert and mountains. We will be exploring the great diversity of native wild foods which exist in our local habitat. 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

Numerous wild foods will be identified, and we will sample several locally available wild foods. Additionally, samples of a variety of “shrubs” made with wild prickly pear fruit juice and a homemade prickly pear vinegar will be shared as we discuss the possibilties of creating locally foraged, wild drinks.

Please bring proper walking shoes, needed protection from the sun, adequate water for a full day of sun exposure, plate/bowl, cup & utensil (for sampling) and a packed lunch. Our meeting place will be announced closer to the scheduled date of class. Limited to 12 participants. Contact John at with any questions regarding the class.

John Slattery, Sonoran Herbalist
Tucson, AZ
© 2015


One thought on “Foraging in the Sonoran Desert

  1. dee norleen

    John, I’m interested in the learning experience I would gain from your desert edibles class. Do you plan to have one anytime soon? I’m in the Phoenix area and practicing herbalism with SW Herb in Mesa. My great interest is wildcrafting edibles and medicinals. I’d love to learn from you, and want to find a way to do so!
    Thanks for your consideration!


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