History: For 2000 years, mesquite was a staple food of Native Americans from Texas to California, because mesquite trees thrive in arid climates where other crops wither. Mesquite pods were one of the most significant foods of the desert Apache, Pima, Cahuilla, Maricopa, Yuma, Mohave, and Hopi tribes.
Nutrition: Like many other desert plants, the mesquite tree concentrates a high level of nutrients in its seeds to compensate for the harsh environment. Mesquite powder is very high in magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, fiber, and digestible proteins (including lysine). It also acts as an antioxidant, and its glycemic index is low in spite of its sweet taste.
Uses: As a spice, you can sprinkle mesquite powder on almost anything to add flavor. As a flour it can be used in baking and mixes well with other flours. Add mesquite to drinks, soups, cakes, pie crusts, cookies, puddings, vegetables, pancakes, muffins, and even ice cream. It is also a commonly used ingredient found is the best raw chocolates.
- USDA Organic, Kosher
- Can be universally used as a baking flour, a sweetener, and a spice
- Taste like cinnamon, chocolate, and coffee
- From Peru
- Nutritious and mineral-rich
- High in magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, fiber, and digestible proteins
- Low on the glycemic index