Palo Verde

When green and ripe, Palo Verde beans are sweet, crunchy, and packed with nutrients.  They have been eaten and prepared many different ways for generations before me by Indigenous Peoples such as the Yavapai.  Yet many people living in the desert now, have no knowledge that the beans of this tree are edible, and sadly, they allow the beans to dry up and fall to the ground.

I encourage you to take a look at your yard differently. What FOOD is growing there? Foods of the desert are offerings of monsoon rains and the sun.  Value them. Eat them.  Share them.  

The beans from these pods are in season now, and they are waiting to be appreciated. Once collected and shelled, you can gently steam them, blanch them, or eat them raw.