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Mesquite Powder

Also known as

Algarrobo, kiawe, American carob

Introduction

This tree is known for its ability to withstand the harsh desert climates of the Americas, and is known as the “desert miracle” for this reason and for the nutritive seed pods that it produces. It is considered invasive in some areas, as its long taproot is extremely effective in drawing nutrients and may deprive neighboring plants.

Constituents

High dietary fiber content, natural sugars (fructose), magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium

Parts Used

Ripened seed pods and wood

Typical Preparations

The seed pods are usually powdered or floured or used to make a syrup called algarrobina. Whole pods are used for animal feed. The wood is utilized in the lumber industry.

Summary

A staple food of indigenous cultures, mesquite powder provides a unique flavor to a wide variety of culinary preparations; from baking to cooking, seasoning, and even barbeques. Naturally sweet molasses-like flavor with rich nutty hints similar to carob. It is a tasty addition to smoothies and “super” shakes, coffee, baked goods, and chocolates. The high fiber levels take a long time to assimilate.

Precautions

None known

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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