Sonoran Desert Food Plants (Second Edition)

Sonoran Desert Food Plants (Second Edition)
Sonoran Desert Food Plants (Second Edition), 2017

Second edition improvements include: additional profiles, larger photos, Arizona-only county-by-county location maps, and a season collection indicator for each plant.

Sonoran Desert Food Plants is specifically designed for the outdoor enthusiast whom is in need of a concise, no-nonsense booklet instructing on the collection, preparation, and utilization of 58 regional edible plants. Essentially: find it, gather it, and eat it. 120 color photos, 58 Arizona location maps, common and scientific names, preparation and toxicity issues, and concise medicinal and related ethnobotanical uses serve as accents making Sonoran Desert Food Plants a useful resource for any Arizona resident.

The following plants are covered (49 indigenous to the Sonoran Desert/Uplands and 9 non-native yet abundant): Agave, Amaranth, Arizona Jewel Flower, Asian Mustard, Barrel Cactus, Beargrass, Biscuitroot, Bluedicks, Bowlesia, Canyon Walnut, Catclaw, Cattail, Chia, Cholla, Desert Hackberry, Desert Hollygrape, Desert Lily, Devil’s Claw, Elder, Feather Tree, Flameflower, Graythorn, Ground Cherry, Hedgehog Cactus, Horse Purslane, Ironwood, Jewels of Opar, Jojoba, Lambsquarters, Lemonade Berry, London Rocket, Mallow, Mariposa lily, Mesquite, Miner’s Lettuce, Monkey Flower, Paloverde, Papalo, Pellitory, Pincushion Cactus, Poreleaf, Prickly Pear, Purslane, Saguaro, Sow Thistle, Texas Mulberry, Thistle, Tumbleweed, Watercress, Wild Gourd, Wild Lettuce, Wild Oats, Wild Rhubarb, Wild Sunflower, Wolfberry, Yellowshow, Yucca (Fruit), and Yucca (Stalk).

Readers will also find the author’s approach to the material refreshingly objective and clutter-free: no philosophical ramblings and epicurean cookbook recipes, just stripped-down, sensical information on how to best utilize the most common wild desert food plants of the Sonoran region.


  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Lincoln Town Press; Second edition (September 1, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0998287121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998287126

and…printed and bound in the USA.


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Author, Researcher, Clinician. Latest titles: Wild Edible Plants of Texas: Vol 1, 2nd Ed (2021), Wild Edible Plants of California: Vol 1 (2021), Wild Edible Plants of Utah (2020).