Palo Verde “Capers” – Easy and Tasty

Palo verde flowers are edible – but better yet, so are the flower buds. They are not so tasty straight off the tree, so it’s best to cure or pickle them first. Capers Technically speaking, capers are the preserved unopened flower buds of the caper bush (Capparis spinosa). You can grow this spiny Mediterranean native bush in our region, but why bother when we have our own Southwestern spiny plants to harvest flower buds from?! Palo Verde Buds There are two ways to cure/pickle your palo verde buds. One, you […]

Poppy Seed & Barrel Seed

This post goes live on November 11.  We honor veterans today and every day. The poppy is often used as a symbol of this day.  Last week on Gardening With Soule – Jacqueline discussed how to Grow Poppy Flowers. Since this is a food blog let’s look at the poppy seeds, and the easily harvested Southwestern alternative to them. Using The Whole Poppy Many cultures use poppy seed for food. In Europe bakers use poppy seed whole to decorate their products or milled and mixed with sugar as a sweet […]

Harvest Rosehip Delights

If you harvested your rose petals for rose drinks carefully this summer, there should be some rosehips ready for harvest right now. (Recipes for rose petals = Drink your Roses – here.) This is especially true for those readers at higher elevations in the Southwest or elsewhere in the USA. (Welcome new readers in Michigan and Colorado. Thanks for signing up!   Rosehips Abound The wild Western rose, also called Wood’s rose (Rosa woodsii) is found throughout the Southwest and has lovely rosehips to forage. Wild rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa) […]

Barrel Cactus Provide Ample Seed for Cooking and Baking

Barrel cactus fruit are one of my favorites foraged foods.  Barrel cactus fruit are easy to pick, plentiful, and even a beginner will be successful! Plus barrel fruit are one thing you can find and forage in almost any month of the year. Which reminds me – do sign up for the newsletter (scroll to bottom of each page) because each week we generally feature a seasonal “foraged find”! Which one are Barrel Cactus? Just in case you are new here – barrel cactus is the generic term for a […]