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National Parks Store: Harvesting Desert Foods Part I

This presentation showcases the harvesting techniques and preparation methods of available edible plants.

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Are you a foodie? If so, do we have a two-part presentation for you! In 2015, Tucson was the first city in the United States designated by UNESCO as a World City of Gastronomy. There are only 18 cities in the world with that distinction, and only two sites have been designated in North America–Tucson and Ensenada.

Tucsonans food ways are based on the available edible plants of the Sonoran Desert around us, as well as some of those that came up from subtropical Mexico. This presentation introduces you to the harvesting techniques and preparation methods of cacti, including prickly pear, cholla and saguaros, as well as mesquite, tepary and palo verde beans. Attendees also get to sample some of these native foods used in modern recipes.

To help keep the heat out of your house, the presenters will demonstrate the use of a solar oven–a great way to bake in the summer!

Presentations at 12 PM & 2 PM.

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Event Tags: Arizona, demonstration, educational, environment, food, free, presentation, Sonoran Desert, the West, Tucson

Saturday, July 9, 2016
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.

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