Welcome to The Mesquitery!
Native mesquite pod flour is delicious in a wide array of cooking and baking. As a legume, it is gluten free and rich in soluble fiber (galactomannan). It is a valuable ingredient in any grain-free or diabetic diet. An excellent source of calcium and magnesium, mesquite flour is also higher in protein than most conventional grain flours. An original RAFT (Renewing America's Food Traditions) selection and boarded onto Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste, mesquite pod flour has a sweet, earthy taste with notes of cinnamon, molasses, and caramel. It's aroma is vaguely reminiscent of warm gingerbread.
Mesquite trees thrive in arid lands without supplemental water, and provide a foundation for a diverse yet threatened ecosystem. Commercially, mesquite trees are valued primarily for their beautiful wood. Throughout their range they are exploited for charcoal production for fuel and cooking. While ancient diets depended on mesquite flour for sustenance, the value of living mesquite forests as a food source is largely overlooked today.
Throughout the year we offer the largest selection of mesquite flour available anywhere. Since the mesquite harvest is seasonal and climatically variable pods, quantities are limited. All flour is hand-harvested and milled in small batches.
We specialize in North American mesquite flour (Prosopis velutina or "Velvet Mesquite") that is harvested and milled in Arizona's Sonoran Desert (most flour sold in the United States is actually "algarrobo," a South American species of Prosopis). Flavors and textures of mesquite flour vary from species to species and even tree to tree. Flour milled from raw pods has a mellower flavor than flour made from pods roasted or toasted prior to milling. Coarsely ground mesquite is often called "meal." Currently we offer only North American raw flour.
Current Mesquite Flour Selections
All-Purpose Velvet Mesquite Flour - BACK IN STOCK!
This mesquite flour comes from Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Whole pods are hand-harvested, milled in small batches, then flour is finely sifted to remove the woody chaff. Texture is not quite as fine as conventional flours, but not nearly as coarse as a meal (all particles pass through a 1000 micron sieve, and most are much finer). Flour has a soft texture when cooked. Substitute about one third of your usual flour blend (whether wheat-based or gluten free) with this flour in most recipes. Use more to taste. - 8 oz. resealable pouch.
Gourmet Baking Kits and Mixes
Mesquiterros™ Mesquite Lovers' Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit - IN STOCK! NEW!
Learn the food science behind our popular farmers' market cookie, and bake them at home! Kit includes silicone spatula, parchment paper, mesquite flour, chocolate chips, pecans, and 7 more ingredients in 5 pre-measured bags. Ingredients: dark chocolate, brown sugar, unbleached red winter wheat flour, Sonoran Desert velvet mesquite flour, sprouted barley flour, cane sugar, pecans, sea salt, baking soda, vanilla extract. You will need four eggs and two sticks of butter. Makes four dozen easy recipe or a dozen gourmet cookies! - 2 lb. bag.
Mesquite Pancake & Waffle Mix - IN STOCK!
Our own recipe. Ingredients: Sonoran Desert velvet mesquite flour, unbleached red winter wheat flour, sprouted barley flour, aluminum-free baking powder, sea salt. For each batch you will need one egg, butter or oil, and just over one cup of milk (dairy or plant-based). A bag makes two batches. Each batch makes 6 thick or 12 delicate 4" round pancakes, or 3-4 classic 7" round waffles. - 10 oz. resealable bag.
Blue Corn Pancake & Waffle Mix - IN STOCK!
Our own recipe. Ingredients: organic whole-grain heirloom (non-GMO) blue corn meal, unbleached red winter wheat flour, sprouted barley flour, aluminum-free baking powder, evaporated cane juice, sea salt. For each batch you will need one egg, butter or oil, and 3/4 cup of milk (dairy or plant-based). Each batch makes 6 thick or 12 delicate 4" round pancakes, or 3-4 classic 7" round waffles. - 14.75 oz. resealable bag.
Blue Corn Bread & Muffin - IN STOCK! NEW!
Our recipe. Ingredients: organic whole-grain heirloom blue corn meal, unbleached red winter wheat flour, sprouted barley flour, evaporated cane juice, aluminum-free baking powder, sea salt. You will need one egg, butter or oil, and a cup of milk (dairy or plant-based). A bag makes an 8" diameter loaf or 9-12 muffins. - 12 oz. bag.
Cactus Jellies and Syrups
Wild Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup - IN STOCK! NEW!
Ingredients: Organic prickly pear cactus fruit juice (Opuntia engelmannii, O. spp.), Organic piloncillo (evaporated cane juice), water, Organic lime juice, xanthan gum. - 12 oz. bottle.
Traditional Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly - IN STOCK! NEW!
Ingredients: Piloncillo (unrefined evaporated cane juice), Wild prickly pear cactus fruit juice (Opuntia engelmannii, O. spp.), Organic lime juice, natural fruit pectin. - 8 oz. jar.
We ship via USPS to the USA for $5 for 1-2 items, $10 for 3+ items. Shipping to Arizona is a flat $5 (any qty.). Orders ship in 7-14 business days. During the harvest season, delivery may take up to 3 weeks. Need delivery by a certain date? Contact us so we can get it to you ASAP. If you live over the border or across the pond, please ask for rates. Thank you!
Questions? Contact us here!
We do not have a retail store, but our "Natural Selections from the Sonoran Desert" are available at local farmers' markets and regional specialty shops.
Our mailing address is: The Mesquitery, PO Box 72, Oracle AZ 85623. Please check back soon for mesquite information, recipes, and more. Thanks for visiting!