was covered with blooms.
This is the reason people see it as a 'trash' tree.
But it is trees and plants like this that helped
the Native Americans
and settlers of this country survive.
The seed pods are thick and woody.
In Mexico, the green seeds are cooked
and eaten and the ripe seeds are roasted.
Early settlers ground the husk
of the beans to use as a coffee substitute.
There are many other uses for this tree
and most native plants.
The leaves and seed are a food source for wildlife.
It is the preferred nesting site for
I always think of how people of long ago
and how that has become a thing of the past.
I recently went on a wildlife tour of a local ranch,
but the plants interested me too.
I didn't get photos of everything I saw
but here is some info in case you are interested,
as I am.
I would like to know what you have in your area.
The leaves are grey-green and coursely-toothed.
The roots have been used as soap
and a treatment for livestock wounds.
food for wildlife.
The Native Americans ground the seeds to make flour.
Texas Prickly Pear-Nopal...