We are very proud to announce that in Fall 2017,  we will be publishing our second cookbook:

Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living

This new book includes over 170 recipes featuring wild, native, desert foods, including mesquite, acorn, barrel cactus, chiltepin, desert chia, desert herbs and flowers, desert ironwood, hackberry, palo verde, prickly pear, saguaro, wolfberry, and wild greens. The recipes–contributed by desert dwellers, harvesters, chefs, and innovators–capture a spirit of adventure and reverence, inviting both newcomers and seasoned experts to try new foods and experiment with new flavors.

The book also features stories of significant individuals, organizations, and businesses that have contributed knowledge, products, and innovation in the planting, harvesting, and use of wild, native desert foods. Additional essays reveal the poetry of the foraging life, how to plant the rain, and the medicinal uses and ethnobotanical histories of desert plants. More than a cookbook, Eat Mesquite and More also encourages a renaissance of “wild agriculture,” one that foregrounds the ethical harvesting and selection of wild foods and the re-planting of native food sources in urban and residential areas without imported water or fertilizers.

Pre-orders  and deposits for this fabulous cookbook :

“Eat Mesquite and More” – Cookbook Fundraiser – August 24, 2017

 will be taken at Mercado San Agustin, from 4:30pm-7:00pm, in the middle courtyard. 

Our Cookbook:   The Pre-order Form is now live, on the right hand side of this page, for: 

Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living

You can also email us at : cookbook@desertharvesters.org  to get on our list of people to notify when Eat Mesquite and More is published.


 Tucson has been designated a “World City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO

 Desert Harvesters’ Amy Valdés Schwemm and many others work led to Tucson’s receiving this honor. For more on the World City of Gastronomy designation, listen to this great interview with Gary Nabhan.




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Please send your check made out to Desert Harvesters, P.O. Box 92, Tucson AZ 85702, or use the PayPal donation button on the bottom left side of any page of our website. We are unable to commit to responding to other correspondence sent through the post office. See the Contact Us page for our array of email addresses.














For a blast from the past, check out the photos from some of our events of yesteryear:

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