Prosopis pubescens

Screwbean Mesquite

In Stock: 0.466 lb (Total:0.466lb)
  • Prosopis pubescens

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0.47 lb


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Cut (Full Seed)
Seeds per lb:
0.47 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Prosopis pubescens, also known as the screwbean mesquite, is a small tree or shrub that is native to various parts of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Growing up to 23 feet tall, this plant has light brown bark, spines, yellowish flowers, and distinctive seedpods that look like screws. Screwbean Mesquite is found in damp or saline soil and is a valuable resource for wildlife, with many species of animals feeding on the seedpods. It is also of great value to humans, as its nutritious seedpods can be eaten, and its wood has long been used for building, tools, and as firewood. Screwbean Mesquite has a high protein content, and its mesquite meal, a traditional Native American food, contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc, as well as the amino acid lysine. Its sweet, rich flavor with a hint of caramel blends well into smoothies and other drinks, especially those made with cacao and maca. Overall, Screwbean Mesquite is a versatile and valuable plant with many uses and benefits.

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