DIG - Desert Edibles: The Bean Trees
Join Kelly Athena for an ethno-botanical tour through Sonoran Desert bean trees, including mesquite, paloverde and ironwood. Learn how to identify them, harvest their buds, blossoms, and beans, and prepare and store them. You will also receive recipes on how to use the beans as edamame, sprouts, snacks and tea. Dress comfortably, some walking in the Garden.
1. Identify, harvest, and prepare Palo Verde beans and Ironwood beans
2. Be more aware of the value of weeds and wild plants
3. Develop awareness of the rich diversity of the Sonoran Desert
4. Learn what resources will help identify wild plants and uses
Instructor: Kelly Athena Kelly Athena has lived in Arizona since 1986, has been an avid desert forager for three years, and supplies restaurants with wild edibles. She studied with Sonoran Desert foragers Peter Bigfoot and John Slattery. She is the author of an Amazon Best Seller, Wild Dancing Heart, a book that focuses on gardening, nature, and living from your heart. Kelly graduated from the Master Gardener program in 2014. She has been an active part of the Ahwatukee Community Garden since 2013. Kelly writes a weekly sustainability column for the Ahwatukee Foothills Newspaper and The Green Flash, a weekly e-newsletter on sustainable and creative living.