Barrel Cactus Seeds Are Great – and Easy to Forage

Barrel cactus offer ripe fruits at various times of year – but it’s not the fruit itself you want – rather the seeds inside.  Barrel cactus seed are very simple to harvest in quantity because the seeds are easily removed from the fruit.  Which Barrel Cactus? Barrel cactus is the generic term for a number of species of large barrel-shaped cacti. The one with the most edible of fruit is the fish hook or compass barrel (Ferocactus wizlizenii). This barrel cactus is unlike many other species of cacti in that […]

Savor Some Southwest Iced Tea

Jacqueline here today to help everyone celebrate “National Iced Tea Month” – Southwest style! Tea does not need to come from overseas, it can come far more locally – indeed from your own back yard! What is in a name? Language purists will remind us that true tea comes from Camellia sinensis, grown in the tropics. Any “herbal tea” is in fact a “tisane,” but the English language is subject to change over time, thus I am using the term “tea” to mean any herb infused into a beverage. Speaking […]

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 […]