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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.

for One Word Sunday 8.30.20