Getting anything done in this kind of heat is a struggle, even keeping up with writing a blog. I haven't been very active here or anywhere. Like most people, I got out of town for a little while, spending a week at the beach in New Jersey with my family. Aside from that week, I can attribute my lack of posts to the weather, and I also the fact that I've gone back to school to complete the hours necessary to become a licensed massage therapist. I've been so jazzed about my classes that I neglected my creative outlet, food.
But there's something that comes around for a very short time each year that excites me more than anything else that could possibly happen in these few short weeks - the saguaros begin their fruiting season.
I love it when they're opened naturally and at least partially dried by the sun. Their sweetness intensifies and they become truly like nature's candy.
When I can't find them open and dried, I'll fall back on fruits whose outer skin is turning pink but haven't opened up yet. When they're really ripe and just about to open, they're sweet and juicy on the inside.
In the picture above, you can see a whole fruit with a dried stem on top. If you break that stem off, as you can see at the bottom of the picture, the edge is sharp like a knife. Use it to slice the outer green skin and inside you have beautiful, juicy, red fruit.
The saguaro fruit season is just about over. Last time I was out gathering I could already see the beginnings of prickly pear season that will be in full within the next couple of months. I just love the desert and the particular bounty of this particular Sonoran desert. Far from dry and lifeless as many believe, it is actually teeming with life if you know where to look.
Have you gone saguaro fruit gathering or ever tried the fruits? What did you think? Share in the comments below!