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June 22, 2014 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am
Desert Harvesters Pre-Monsoon Bean Tree Milling and Celebration at Exo Roast Co.
Exo Roast Co.
Mesquite (and carob) pods will be milled BEFORE THE SUMMER RAINS to encourage harvesting beforethe rains (as recommended by the Mesquite Harvest Working Group) for a higher-quality harvest, with less insect predation, and far less potential for invisible molds more common in post-rain harvests. An early milling opportunity will happen this year on June 22nd at 6:00 AM at 403 N. 6th Ave. outside of Exo Roast Co.
See here http://www.ediblebajaarizona.com/calling-all-mesquiteros/ for more on why pre-rain harvests are the traditional practice, and so important.
About the Milling: Bring Your Own 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.
1 gallon of whole mesquite pods mills into one pound of flour, so the price averages $3 per pound of flour (a bargain considering that the flour usually sells for $14 to $20 per pound). Pods may be left after inspection and prepayment in sealed food-grade containers (preferably 5-gallon plastic buckets with lids) with owner’s name and phone number. Flour will be ready within a week and must be picked up. No refunds.
We will also have:
• A native wild foods demonstration – highlighting what’s in harvest season now;
• 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.
Mesquite flour is a naturally sweet, nutritious, and delicious addition to recipes for cakes, cookies, pizza, bread, tortillas, granola, dog biscuits—you name it! And like many other native foods, gluten-free mesquite is great for people with hypoglycemia and diabetes as it slows the body’s intake of sugars. Copies of theEat Mesquite!cookbook will be available for purchase for those unfamiliar with how to use mesquite flour or those looking to expand its uses.