Mesquite is a valuable multi-purpose tree crop well suited for agroforestry in the American Southwest. The pods are edible and useful for fodder. Mesquite was a critical food for native people. The flowers are favored by bees. The hardwood is suitable for many purposes and makes excellent charcoal. Mesquite is a self-fertilizing tree and fixation rates can be high, associated with very deep roots. Roots have been found 46 m deep - a good case for carbon sequestration. Trees are long-lived and can grow to considerable size. Growth can be rapid with water availability. Mesquite can survive remarkable levels of drought stress and resume growing when it rains. Mesquite trees are also tolerant of fire and resprout readily in agroforestry settings.
Native American traditional methods of utilizing perennial plants for food and general use continue to be practiced in modern society. Modern research into the origins of these uses have provided insight into how these may provide expanded benefits to society at large. This presentation will serve as an introduction to traditional uses of the Southwest peach and Pinyon as well as ongoing Utah research into how these could be managed as alternative agroforestry crops in a broader context in the Southwest.
Edible trees—those native and nonnative trees that produce fruits, nuts, seeds and pods that suit human tastes—benefit the environment and increase food security. This presentation addresses edible tree characteristics, microclimate preferences, planting strategies, watering with non-potable supplies, tree maintenance and harvesting strategies.
Carol Manetta presents
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