Harvesting UA's Mesquite Trees

Working with local non-profit Desert Harvesters, a group of UA students, employees, and community members collect, harvest, and mill mesquite tree bean pods into flour to use in deserts and baking mixes. In the summer of 2011, volunteers from the UA community collected over 80 pounds of dry pods for milling. The pods were frozen, dried, and then milled at the Rincon Market in October, producing over 40 pounds of edible mesquite flour that was transformed by UA Dining Services into a line of baking mixes and foodstuffs sold at the Student Union.

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500 N Highland Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721 (OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY)

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Green Fund

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Project Theme: 
Food Systems and Security
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Year Started: 
2011 to 2013

For more information, please contact greenguides@email.arizona.edu.