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Savor the Southwest
 I produce a blog with two other remarkable women involved in the food of the Southwest. We discuss edible wild plants, foods that grow well here like citrus and olives, and flavors typical to the Southwest. Sometimes we'll highlight a new book by one of our colleagues. We take turns so there are three posts every month. The links will take you to the full blog.

Mesquite and Chocolate: A Love Story

To cook this dessert, first make a mesquite pudding, add chocolate to half of it, then layer in glasses. The flavors complement each other deliciously. 

Mesquite trees usually produce pods in June, but they also put out a small crop in autumn. If you can find some or have some left over from earlier, you can make this delicious dessert that combines the luscious flavors of caramel and chocolate. Find the recipe here. 

 

Mesquite is a desert tree that sends down roots so deep that it can make it through even severe droughts. It grows widely throughout the West.  Its nutritious pods with an appealing sweet flavor have been used by native desert dwellers in the arid Southwest for thousands of years.