Mesquite is a thorny tree native to the desert climates of Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. A member of the pea family, its fruit (seed pods) have a naturally sweet, molasses-like flavor and have been used for their nutritive value for centuries. Our mesquite powder is milled from organic Prosopis pallida. Mesquite powder can be used in a myriad of culinary recipes such as baked goods, smoothies, spice rubs, and homemade mesquite seasoning.
This tree is known for its ability to withstand the harsh desert climates of the Americas and is known as the “desert miracle” for this reason and for the nutritive seed pods that it produces. It is considered invasive in some areas, as its long taproot is extremely effective in drawing nutrients and may deprive neighboring plants. The seed pods are usually powdered or floured or used to make a syrup called algarrobina. Whole pods are used for animal feed. The wood is utilized in the lumber industry.
A staple food of indigenous cultures, mesquite powder provides a unique flavor to a wide variety of culinary preparations; from baking to cooking, seasoning, and even barbeques. Naturally sweet molasses-like flavor with rich nutty hints similar to carob. It is a tasty addition to smoothies and “super” shakes, coffee, baked goods, and chocolates. The high fiber levels take a long time to assimilate.