Discovering the wonders of harvesting native and urban trees, weeds, and cacti.
In This Podcast: What would you eat if all the grocery stores in your area closed? Peggy Sorensen has found her answer in the native trees, shrubs, weeds, and cacti of the southwest! Hear how she got into foraging edible desert plants, which southwest plants are her favorite to harvest, and some of the ways to process and prepare them. If you've ever wondered about making your own prickly pear juice, mesquite flour, purslane pickles, or mallow chips, you'll love this intro to wild foods!
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Peggy is a wild-foods enthusiast and forager who enjoys helping people discover the edible plants, trees, and weeds that grow all around us but typically are not recognized as food.
She gives workshops and plant walks around the Phoenix area and not only brings in samples of the plants to see, touch and taste but she also likes to turn them into tasty treats in order to provide a well-rounded experience.
She has become known for her mallow chips, purslane pickles, prickly pear lemonade as well as mesquite nectar and truffles.
Peggy is also a gardener, an herbalist and a board member of the AZ Herb Association.
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487: Peggy Sorensen on Foraging Edible Plants in the Desert