Join local herbalist, forager, and author (Southwest Foraging), John Slattery, for the initial installment of this ongoing workshop series at Southern Arizona Work Space near downtown Tucson. The Sonoran desert posseses a tremendous variety of edible wild plants and this is your opportunity to learn about them!
In each workshop, through slideshow presentation, we’ll look at the defining characteristics of our plant in question, its habitat and associated plants, local distribution, foraging season, how to gather, how to process, how to store, and what to make with it! Each class will include a “show-and-tell” segment where we all get a chance to look at, touch, and taste the plant in question. There will be samples brought to class for everyone to taste and discuss.
For our first workshop we’ll be taking an in-depth look at canyon hackberry (Celtis reticulata), or cumero. The oldest plant food on record in North America!
Slowly, month by month, the participants of this workshop series will get to know some of the more important and delicious wild foods to forage from our local bioregion.