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Beautiful trees grow quickly from our Mesquite seeds for sale and furnish shade and wildlife habitat where other trees will not grow. Being a legume, it fixes nitrogen in the soil where it grows, although this is rather newly discovered and is still a poorly understood part of its life cycle. The bean pods of the mesquite tree contain a sweet pulp eaten by numerous mammals, including domestic livestock, squirrels, and other dessert animals. (even our labs will occaisionally have a mesquite bean as a mid day snack). The mesquite still provides a staple food for many people in Mexico, who grind the bean pod into meal for bread and also use it to make a fermented beverage. The flowers are an excellent honey source. The stems yield a gum somewhat like gum arabic. The very durable wood is valued for fence posts, fuel, and furniture. ( We have mesquite wagon wheels over 100 years old that are still in usable condition ). The charcoal of the wood is Excellent for grilling foods. ( My dad used to say "Never cook with Hickory if there's a Mesquite Tree within 100 miles".) Mesquite trees grow in barren sites unsuited to most crops, and need little to no watering after the 1st year as their roots may penetrate 50 to 60 feet into the earth to find moisture. Mesquites are a characteristic part of the vegetation in arid western regions of the Americas. The name Mesquite Tree instantly brings up images of cowboys and the Old West. These trees grow very fast and definitely prefer little water after they are established. In fact, if you plant your mesquite in a lawn it will grow tall and lush with a very shallow root system -- and may very likely blow over with the first strong windstorm. Infrequent, deep watering is best because it encourages the roots to go deep into the soil. The Argentine Mesquite (Prosopis alba), shown, is among the fastest growing. The tree's flowers provide a nectar source for bees to produce mesquite honey (monofloral honey), which has a characteristic flavour and leaves with two or more secondary veins, each with two rows of leaflets. Medical studies of mesquite and other desert foods, said that despite its sweetness, mesquite flour (made by grinding whole pods) "is extremely effective in controlling blood sugar levels" in people with diabetes. The sweetness comes from fructose, which the body can process without insulin. In addition, soluble fibers, such as galactomannin gum, in the seeds and pods slow absorbtion of nutrients, resulting in a flattened blood sugar curve, unlike the peaks that follow consumption of wheat flour, corn meal and other common staples. The gel-forming fiber allows foods to be slowly digested and absorbed over a four to six hour period, rather than in one or two hours, which produces a rapid rise in blood sugar. We also sell Mesquite meal below retail prices. Mesquite beans have long been a welcome presence in the livestock feed bins, workshops, gardens, bakerys and medicine cabinets of many desert residents. During the inevitable droughts and deprivations of desert frontier days, the mesquite trees served up the primary food source for caravans and settlers. Mesquite beans became a feast from heaven for the suffering men of the 1841 Texas Santa Fe Expedition said George W. Kendall (quoted by Ken E. Rogers in The Magnificent Mesquite) in his journal. “When our provisions and coffee ran out, the men ate [mesquite beans] in immense quantities, and roasted or boiled them!” During the Civil War, when groceries often ran short, mesquite beans served as passable coffee. Mesquite blooms, pollinated by bees, yield a connoisseur’s honey. Mesquite beans, durable enough for years of storage, became the livestock feed of choice when pastureland grasses failed due to drought or overgrazing. They were carried by early freighters, who fed the beans to their draft animals, especially in Mexico. Although often crooked in shape, mesquite tree branches, stable and durable, filled needs for wood during the construction of Spanish missions, and colonial haciendas, ranch houses and fencing. Its wood serves artisans in the crafting of furniture, flooring, paneling and sculptures. Mesquite wood comes in two colors. There is one kind of yellowish wood and another of a deep reddish hue as beautiful when polished as the richest mahogany. In some areas, mesquites provide a bountiful harvest of wood for use in fireplaces and barbecue grills. Mesquites, requiring little water and only low maintenance, have found a place in Southwest xeriscaped gardens and parks. They not only produce beans and blooms that attract wildlife, they provide perches and nesting sites for birds, including even hummingbirds. In the frontier days the mesquites were used by the Indians and the settlers as a source of many remedies for a host of ailments. The mesquite root, or bark, tea, Indians and settlers believed, cured diarrhea. Boiled mesquite roots yielded a soothing balm that cured colic and healed flesh wounds. Mesquite leaves, crushed and mixed with water and urine, cured headaches. Mesquite gum preparations soothed ailing eyes, eased a sore throat, cleared up dysentery and relieved headaches. Mesquite (tree), common name for any of a genus of trees and shrubs of the legume family. The genus is native to subtropical and tropical regions and is especially abundant in the Southwestern United States. It is characterized by deep and far-spreading roots and by numerous crooked limbs branching out close to the ground. The flowers, borne in spikes, have five sepals, four or five petals, many stamens, and a solitary pistil. The fruit is a pod, edible and highly nutritious. The hard wood, often called ironwood, is used in making fence posts and railroad ties, and the pods are used as fodder for livestock. The best-known species is the honey mesquite, or algarroba. The honey mesquite attains a height of about 12 m (about 40 ft). A smaller species, also common, is the screw bean, or screw-pod mesquite, so called because of its spiraling, coiled pod. Mesquite is a leguminous plant of the Prosopis genus found in Northern Mexico and the United States from the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas up to southwestern Kansas and from southeastern California and southwestern Utah to the southern limits of the Sonoran desert. Mesquite trees are also found in the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico. These deciduous trees generally reach a height of 6 to 9 m (20 to 30 ft), although in most of their range they are shrub size. They have narrow, bipinnately compound leaves 50 to 75 mm (2 to 3 in) long, of which the pinnules are sharply pointed. Twigs have a characteristic zig-zag form. Some common species of mesquite are honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina), creeping mesquite (Prosopis strombulifera), and screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens). Mesquite is an extremely hardy, drought-tolerant plant because it can draw water from the water table through its long taproot (recorded at up to 190 ft {58 m} in depth). However, it can also use water in the upper part of the ground, depending upon availability. The tree can easily and rapidly switch from utilizing one water source to the other. The bean pods of the mesquite can be dried and ground into flour, adding a sweet, nutty taste to breads, or used to make jelly or wine. When used in baking, the mesquite bean flour is used in combination with other flours – substitute ¼ cup-to-½ cup mesquite flour for each cup grain flour. Mesquite bean flour is used in breads, pancakes, muffins, cakes and even cookies. Mesquite roasting or grilling can also smoke flavour steaks, chicken, pork & fish. Mesquite smoke flavoring can be added to vegetable stir-fries, scrambled eggs, soups, even ice cream. One small company in West Texas, the Mesquite Roasted Coffee Co., even roasts green coffee beans over open mesquite fires producing a dark rich roasted coffee with just a light hint of mesquite smoke flavoring. Wild animals also eat mesquite bean pods. In places like Death Valley and much of the Sonoran Desert coyote feces consisting almost entirely of mesquite beans and pods can often be seen. Mesquite has been a Traditional medicine in Mexico and the South Western regions of America for over a century. The leaves were once used medicinally; water infused with the leaves can be used as eye drops. Mesquite wood is hard, allowing it to be used for furniture and implements. Wood from Prosopis juliflora and Prosopis glandulosa is used for decorative woodworking and woodturning. It is highly desirable due to its dimensional stability, after being fully cured. The hard, dense lumber is also sold as Texas Ironwood and is rather harsh on saws, chain saws, and other tools. It must be noted, however, that mequite and Ironwood are different species. As firewood, it burns slow and very hot. When used to barbecue, the smoke from the wood adds a distinct flavor to the food. This is common in Texas-style barbecue, while in the Southeast, hickory is usually used. Artisans and woodcrafters in Northern Mexico claim that mesquite should be cut under the light of a full moon to avoid splitting. While this has not been proven, mesquite does take longer to cure than most hardwoods. Mesquite grows well not only in Mexico and the Soth West United States but also flurishes in drier coastal parts of Hawaii, parts of Africa, Asia and Australia. Like the Coyote, the Black-tail Jackrabbit, the Western Diamondback, scorpions, the Saguaro and prickly pear cacti, the mesquites symbolize our Southwestern deserts. Like the Indian peoples and the Hispanic and Anglo settlers, the mesquites define the very notions of individuality, adaptability, opportunism, toughness and stubbornness. Occurring as respectable trees or as small shrubs, they cover a monumental range, spanning tens of millions of acres from the southern Rolling Plains and the Texas Gulf Coast westward across the Chihuahuan, Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. They prosper in a diversity of habitats, from humid and sandy coastal plains to the grassy prairies to perennial and intermittent streambeds to desert basin shrublands and dunes to flattop mesas to mile-high rocky mountain slopes. The mesquites, including the three species in our Southwestern deserts, belong to the legume family, which ranks near the top of plants especially adapted to an arid environment. Typically, the legumes, which have woody stems and branches, produce bipinnately compound leaves (leaves with two or more secondary veins, each with two rows of leaflets). They bear flowers that have five petals. They produce abundant large seedpods that serve as a nutritious food source for wildlife. They grow wide-spreading and deep-reaching root systems that host colonies of bacteria that can fix nitrogen, one of the minerals most important to plant germination and growth. Our three species of mesquites, which include the Honey Mesquite, the Velvet Mesquite and the Screwbean Mesquite, share various characteristics. They range from a few feet to 10 to 15 feet in height, although the Honey and Velvet Mesquites may reach 30 to 60 feet in especially favorable settings. They may have single or multiple-branched stems, with each plant assuming its own distinctive shape. They come armed with thorns on the smaller branches. They shed their leaves in the winter. They bloom from spring into summer, bearing small frothy-looking clusters – called “catkins” – of tiny, five-petal, pale green or yellowish flowers, which lure numerous pollinating insects. They produce pods that contain hard and long-lasting seeds that must be scarified before they will germinate. Mesquites have lateral roots that extend far beyond the canopies of the plants and taproots that penetrate well below the surface of the soil. Some mesquites may live for more than two centuries. The Honey Mesquite, distinguished by smooth-surfaced leaflets, makes its primary home in the Chihuahuan Desert, east of the Continental Divide, although its outer range extends across the Sonoran Desert as well. The closely related Velvet Mesquite, marked by velvet-surfaced leaflets, has as its primary residence the Sonoran Desert, west of the Continental Divide. The Screwbean Mesquite, identified by its tightly spiraled bean pods, has established as its basic range the northern Sonoran Desert up into the Mojave Desert. Where distributions of the species overlap, the plants hybridize, often making identification difficult. From crown to root tips, the mesquites have evolved a number of adaptations especially designed to help assure survival in the desert environment. Their thorns, sharply pointed and strong, challenge browsing by desert herbivores. (“They will not decay in the flesh or gristle as will prickly pear thorns, but will last longer than any flesh in which they become imbedded. Their leaves, small and wax coated, minimize transpiration (evaporation of the plant’s water into the atmosphere). During extreme drought, the mesquites may shed their leaves to further conserve moisture. Their flowers, fragrant and delicate, attract the insects, especially the bees, necessary for prolific pollination. Their seeds, abundant and protectively coated, may last for decades, serving as seed banks that improve the odds for wide distribution and successful germination. Most notably, mesquites’ root systems give the plants a competitive botanical edge in the desert landscape. As hosts to nitrogen-fixing bacteria, they help enrich otherwise impoverished desert soils in which the plants and their progeny grow. In lateral reach, they outcompete other plants in the battle for soil moisture. In their taproots’ downward reach, they find subsurface water, sometimes 150 to perhaps 200 feet below the surface. According to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Internet site, “The mesquite’s root system is the deepest documented; a live root was discovered in a copper mine over 160 feet (50 meters) below the surface. During the Ice Ages, which lasted from about 1.8 million to some 10,000 years ago, the mesquites “coevolved with large herbivores, such as mastodons and ground sloths, which ate the pods and then dispersed them widely in their feces,” said the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Internet site. The mesquites found the arrangement to be ideal. The seeds became scarified by mastication, preparing them for germination. Seed parasites died when exposed to the animals’ gut juices. The seeds found moisture and nutrients in the animals’ dung. It proved to be a perfect formula for expansion. Over time, the mesquites expanded their range to correspond largely with the herbivores’ range, which extended from flood plains and washes up into prairies, mesas and mountain slopes. When the Ice Ages ended, however, the large herbivores died out, becoming extinct, and rainfall diminished. Deprived of their animal agents for distribution and faced with intensifying competition for water and nutrients, mesquites retreated to the flood plains and washes, forfeiting the higher elevation landscapes to the grasses. Further, the mesquites remained contained by frequent wildfires fueled by the grasses, which recovered within a season. When European descendants moved into the desert Southwest, mesquites found a new ally, domesticated livestock, especially the cattle. The new herbivores not only ate and dispersed the pods, the great livestock herds stripped away the desert grasses, eliminating competition and wildfire fuel. In many areas, the opportunistic mesquites moved in to displace grasses. They reclaimed much of their Ice Age range, expanding from the flood plains and washes again up into prairies, mesas and mountain slopes. Mesquites grew up along the historic cattle trails, defining the routes to this day. In fact, mesquites have become established in borrow ditches along modern desert roadways traveled by cattle the long-term viability of mesquite seeds and their abundance with the seed bank would ensure continual recruitment.

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