|Mesquite, Honey Mesquite, Prosopis glandulosa
Torr., Fabaceae. Of those Pima Indians suffering from type 2 diabetes,who returned to their traditional
diet of beans, corn, opuntia and mesquite had an 85% drop in the
incidence of adult onset diabetes. (More)
Native American Uses: Wood was used for making small tools, paddles, digging sticks, art tools.
Food: Pounded pulp macerated in water and squeezed for juice. This can be expedited by boiling the pods until soft. Pod ground into flour and made into hot cereals. Pod is sweet, honey like taste. Seeds are like bullets, almost impossible to grind.
Leaves were juiced and used as a wash for eyes. Bark infusion a diuretic. Leaves chewed, masticated juice a stomach aid, carminative, antacid.
Prosopis pubescens Benth. Screwbean Mesquite.
Native American Uses: Root used in decoction as a wash for wounds, dried root styptic applied to wounds and as an eye wash. Root powder infusion used to treat difficult menses. Bark powdered and used in decoction to wounds and sores. Pods infused in water until softened and used in ear to treat ear ache.
Food: Pods ground and added to water for a drink. Pods cleaned, dried or roasted, ground into flour to make corn bread, bread enricher, soup thickener. Pods were also rotted, then ground into a powder mixed in water for an unusual drink.
Wood used to make cradle boards and home construction.
Pods cluster, October, ready for picking, drying, grinding or boiling. Abilene, Texas.
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