Tucson Mesquite Milling and Mesquite Pancake Chow Down

I first learned about this event and desertharvesters.org while attending a session on water harvesting by Brad Lancaster.

tucson mesquite podsThis was back in the spring when Brad said they hold the mesquite millings in the fall. I’ve been seeing the pods on the trees for months now and remember they don’t mill during the monsoon season because of the humidity, preferring instead to mill in the fall. There are still plenty of pods and they are better dried and ready to be milled.

The next event is being held tomorrow. I’ve been wanting to try a mesquite pancake and I hear chocolate chip cookies made with some mesquite flour are incredible. Mesquite flour is also supposed to be very good for diabetics.

Even though this event is being held near downtown and all the construction I’m going to brave it and head down there to taste those pancakes and hopefully spot a cookie while I’m at it. : )

I intend to get some pictures of the milling process to share and provide a follow-up post. Here is the information about tomorrows event posted on the Desert Harvester’s web site.

3nd Annual Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Mesquite Milling and Mesquite Pancake Chow Down
Tucson, AZ
Thursday, November 15, 2007
4pm to 7pm
This event will occur at the best Farmers’ market in Tucson at the Santa Cruz river park (west side of the river) just south of Speedway Blvd on Riverside Road. It is hosted by the Southside Food Production Network and the Tucson Community Food Bank. For more information call 622-0525. Ask for Dana or Kelley.

The Arizona Daily Star reported on Monday the event times as 3 pm to 6 pm. If this is critical to your planning I would recommend calling Dana or Kelly for clarification of the times.

If you can’t make this one there is one more event scheduled for this fall on their site.

5th Annual Desert Harvesters Mesquite Milling Fiesta and Mesquite Pancake Breakfast
Dunbar/Spring Organic Community Garden, Tucson, AZ
Saturday, November 17, 2007
9am – 2pm
The mesquite pancake breakfast starts at 9am and keeps going until everyone is full or we run out of batter. Prickly pear, mesquite, and maple syrups will accompany the pancakes. All ingredients will be organic. A $3 donation is requested for the pancake breakfast. Live music will accompany the good food. Recipe books will be on hand for purchase.

Are you ready for some pancakes?


  1. Beth aka ls says

    Hey BB
    WoW – I can’t wait to hear how this event went. I’d like to get my hands on some mesquite flour! I’d make you cookies! :o)

  2. says

    Hi LS and the rest interested,

    It was something to see the line of people with mesquite pods in various containers and garbage bags ready to be milled.

    I drifted over the the mesquite pancake display and paid my dollar for a pancake. It wasn’t big, but that’s ok didn’t want to ruin my supper : ) It was different. I tried some mesquite honey, prickly pear syrup on the pancake.

    It was different, did I say that? I’ve yet to taste a mesquite flour chocolate chip cookie. I’ll wait on that experience for now and just eat the chocolate chips.

  3. Corrine Hendershott says

    We are visiting AZ. & have tasted mesquite in some foods that we really liked. One was in a chicken salad sandwich w/chopped up mesquite pods, I believe they told us. I’m hoping to find some mesquite pods or product that I can take home to CO. & experiment with. We’ve also heard of mesquite cookies that we were told were very good. We’re in the Tucson area now so am hoping I can find some mesquite someplace before we leave AZ. Can you help me find some? Thanks.

  4. says


    Check out Desert Harvesters They have a lot of information about mesquite flour, processing, and the resource page on where to get it. Lots of great information. Yes, the cookies are great. Mesquite flour is also very good for diabetics.


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