Mesquite is a legume with almost 40% protein, twice as high as other beans.
Mesquite is high in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron and the
amino acid lysine.
Two tablespoons of mesquite flour has 30 calories, 6 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of
fiber, 1 gram of protein.
The fiber, as well as other complex carbohydrates slow digestion and help, keep blood
sugar levels are stable so is beneficial for diabetes.
It is very low (25) on the glycemic index and is gluten-free
Mesquite Harvesting Tips:
Mesquite pods are on the mesquite trees from June through October from the high to low desert!
Sample the pods before you pick for sweet flavor and no bitter taste. They are ready to harvest when they are dry, rattle and pull easily off the trees.
Don’t pick pods off the ground or if they have black mold on them. Place them in a shallow tray and lay in the sun to finish drying.
Place in an oven at 200 degrees for an hour to kill the bruchid beetles inside many pods. A solar oven will work also for drying the pods. Store them in a clean dry food safe bucket or container after drying in the oven until the milling in October. Pods will be inspected before milling to be sure they are free of dirt, stems, stones and mold. Please clean your pods before you dry and store them.