high desert test kitchen
june ingredient: acacia
june 19, 2017



JUNE INGREDIENT: CATCLAW OR "WAIT A MINUTE" BUSH, SENEGALIA GREGGII (FORMERLY ACACIA GREGGII)

I write to you from Acacia Avenue in Pipes Canyon, thrilled that just outside my door are thousands of Acacia trees from which I can harvest basketfuls of the curiously flat and curly pods we’re featuring for June’s HDTK dinner. Acacia or catclaw pods aren’t usually coveted as a top choice ingredient; they’re generally classified as a survival food. But it’s summer in the high desert, and you’re a survivor of it. A perfect pairing!

So get out of your swamp-cooled pad and enjoy a cool evening of pods at the Community Center. If you’re not up for getting snagged on the trail, feel free to bring a dish made with any store-bought variety of legume or other members of the pea family. —Sarah Witt

For more information on HDTK, as well as helpful tips on where acacia grows and it's many uses, check out Sarah's website

Monday, June 19th at 7pm
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, Joshua Tree, CA