Palo Verde Breakfast


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I started gardening this year in metal livestock troughs (24 inches high to keep the animals out).  Growing food in the desert has been both fun and challenging, with a steep learning curve that I’ll write more about later.  But all that hard work made me realize how smart it is to take advantage of native food sources that are both free and readily available.  One of my favorites is Palo Verde beans.  You pick the pods when they are still fresh and green, blanche or boil like edamame and then eat the seeds. Or they are just as good fresh off the tree.  I’ve also read that you can dry and store the beans and sprout them at other times in the year…  Other really good edibles that we have discovered at AZ West are Mormon Tea, Mesquite and Chia.

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