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 […]

Honey Glazed Grilled Starfruit Chicken

Starfruit you wonder? Yes! You can grow starfruit in the Southwest, although it is not native to the area. Watermelons aren’t native either, and yet the Native peoples embraced growing this luscious fruit and have developed a number of cultivars found no where else on earth. So, while many of our posts feature Southwest wild harvested or home grown products, every so often we offer products that many of our readers may have to forage from Southwest supermarkets, or from their yard. Succulent Starfruit Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola) is a short […]