This is so screwy!

Posted: November 17, 2020 in Uncategorized
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The paths at the Preserve are littered with a variety of natural items that are new to me, including this bunch of things I found one day. Having determined they weren’t some sort of weird worm, I examined them more closely. They looked like some sort of seed pod but what a cool shape!

Hey! Look up by that bird nest. There’s another one. Turns out that the shrub or small flowering tree is a screwbean mesquite, part of the pea family. Interestingly, the plant grows in a clockwise spiral. The wood is used for wordworking, firewood, and other things.

Like those of other Prosopis species, Screwbean Mesquite has nutritious seedpods that can be eaten.The Pimas cooked the pods in dirt-covered pits over intervals of a few days. Mesquite is a traditional Native American food source, being used to make meal, cakes and syrup. Used as a staple food for centuries by desert dwellers, this high protein meal contains good quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, and is rich in the amino acidlysine as well. Mesquite is high in fiber, moderate in sugar, and 8% protein. It has a sweet, rich, molasses-like flavor with a hint of caramel which blends well into smoothies or other drinks, especially those made with cacao and maca. The fruits may be used as a coffee substitute. ~Wikipedia

I’m not going to be cooking with or drinking these pods, but I do enjoy their quirky shape every time I see them. They’re so screwy that it’s fun.

  1. They are so interesting. Have not seen these before.

  2. macmsue says:

    The meal sounds really tasty to me and the pods are definitely intriguing.

  3. peggyjoan42 says:

    In all the years I spent in Arizona I never saw these seed pods. Interesting story about them. Perhaps when I was younger I was too busy to pay adequate attention to nature. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. So bizarre! This is one of those times when the saying “life imitates art” applies.

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    Interesting. I’m wondering about nature’s reasons for this shape. Then again, nature does what nature does. Thanks for the enlightenment.

  6. Dan Antion says:

    They are interesting. Thanks for the information. I recently saw a piece of the wood at my local WoodCraft store. I had never heard of it before, other than chips for smoking on the grill.

  7. I’ve never seen that before. It’s good to know it’s edible. I love the shapes.

  8. Ally Bean says:

    Aren’t those cool? I’ve never seen anything like them.

  9. restlessjo says:

    Bizarre, in a kinda wonderful way πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  10. marianallen says:

    Sounds delicious! I would eat that.

  11. I have never seen those before! So interesting Janet!

  12. Robin in New Jersey says:

    That is so interesting! I learned something new today. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Amy says:

    So very interesting! Thank you for introducing it to us, Janet!

  14. SoyBend says:

    What a cool shape! Maybe you’ll find a local product made with it so you can taste it. Sounds interesting.

  15. Beautiful inspiring seed pods – and they sound pretty healthy too – I especially like the high protein with the molasses/caramel flavouring…

  16. Su Leslie says:

    I love seeing new plants and these are seriously cool

  17. Thanks for the info, Janet. I like them too.
    Great discovery … 😎

  18. Resa says:

    Now that is just plain interesting!

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