Mesquite - Raw Organic

High-protein ancient superfood with a slight caramel flavour

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  • Organic Certified
  • Gluten - Free
  • Cane sugar - Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Low-GI
  • Vegan
  • GMO Free
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Botanical Name: Prosopis Pallida

Pods from a majestic tree that grows in North Peru and Mexico


Mesquite can be found in the high desert plains of Peru and Mexico where the still winds and dry weather establish a stable atmosphere for the tree to thrive. The ancient superfood’s history dates back to Mexico 6500 BC, where it was first harvested as an essential food and used as a currency to trade within Indigenous cultures.

Mesquite is a superfood high in protein, amino acids, fiber, inositol, and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, as well as folic acid.

Our raw organic Mesquite powder is low in sugar, but has a natural sweet, exotic flavour. Use as protein powder, or as a nutrient boost in energy drinks. Add nutrition value when baking cookies, cereals, and power bars.

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Considered ‘God’s Present’, Mesquite is a life- generating tree of the desert, also known in Peru as Algarrobo.
The Mesquite name originates from the original Nahuatl (the Aztec language) name misquitl, meaning “bark that tans” (Maldonado 1990).

Native to the arid coast of North Western, Central and South America, the tree was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in 1828 by the head of the first mission in Hawaii, Father Alexis Bachelot. He planted a tree from the seed of a Peruvian tree, grown in the Royal Gardens of Paris. Due to its diverse environment, the tree has adapted and developed a special mechanism to gather water and nutrients from deep within the earth.

Our Organic Mesquite is also known in Hawaii as Kiawe, the tropical Mesquite tree. In South America it has been used since immemorial times. The long sweet pods were harvested as an essential food. It has been eaten by humans in the Tehuacan Valley from as long ago as 6500 BC (Smith 1967, in Fagg and Stewart 1994). The fresh Mesquite pods were commonly chewed by indigenous cultures, which also used them as a currency.

Traditionally, the dried pods are pounded in a pestle and a mortar to produce coarse flour or grounded in a mill. These mills for processing pods are still in use throughout the Americas.

Organic Mesquite provides diverse uses, such as coffee substitute, syrup, protein-enriched flour and products for cooking and baking such items as cakes, cookies and bread.

Medicinal properties
Mesquite has been used as an antiseptic (wood and bark), digestive conditions/disorders (diarrhea) and skin lesions (Rocha 1990).

References
Burkart, A. 1976. A monograph of the genus Prosopis (Leguminosae subfam. Mimosoideae). J. Arn. Arb. 57(3/4):219–249; 450–525.

Felker, P., Cannell, G.H., Clark, P.R., Osborn, J.F., and Nash, P. 1981. Screening Prosopis (mesquite) species for biofuel production on semiarid lands. Final Report to US DOE. NTIS. Springfield, VA.

N.A.S. 1980a. Firewood crops. Shrub and tree species for energy production. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.
Neal, M.C. 1948. In gardens of Hawaii. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Special Publ. 40. Honolulu.

ALVAREZ SÁNCHEZ, F. (1998) Características apibotanicas de la miel de algarrobo Prosopis pallida en el departamento de Piura. pp. 25. In: Primer Seminario Taller sobre elen la Región Grau, May 1992, Chulucanas. (Ed.) Algarrobo Comité de Coordinación de Acción Forestal Universidad Nacional de Piura, Piura, Peru.

ALZA, T., W. RAMÍREZ AND J. JIMÉNEZ. (1998) Obtención de extractos azucarados de la algarroba y posterior concentración para la elaboración de algarrobina. pp. 31. In: Primer Seminario Taller sobre el Algarrobo en la Región Grau, May 1992, Chulucanas. Comité de Coordinación de Acción Forestal. Uiversidad Nacional de Piura, Piura, Peru.

ARYA, S., R. P. BISHT, R. TOMAR, O. P. TOKY AND P. J. C. HARRIS. (1995) Genetic variation in minerals, crude protein and structural carbohydrates of foliage in provenances of young plants of Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce in India.
Agroforestry Systems 29:1-7.

BAIÃO, V. B., J. C. GOMES, R. SANT’ANNA AND R. CRUZ. (1987) Chemical characteristics of mesquite beans (Prosopis juliflora) and amino acid composition of concentrate and a protein isolate. Arquivos de Biologia e Tecnologia 30:275-286.

BARBOSA, H. P. (1977) Valor nutritivo da algaroba (Prosopis juliflora (SW) DC) através de ensaio de digestibilidade em carneiros. M.Sc Thesis, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Escola Superior de Agricultura, Viçosa, Brazil.

BRAVO, L., N. GRADOS AND F. SAURA-CALIXTO. (1994) Composition and potential uses of mesquite pods (Prosopis pallida L) - comparison with carob pods (Ceratonia siliqua L). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 65:303-306.

CARRIÓN, E. (1988) Uso de la algarroba como sucedáneo del café. B.Sc. Thesis, Universidad de Piura, Peru.

CRUZ, G. E. (1990) Evaluation of flour from Prosopis juliflora and Prosopis pallida pods in bakery and extrusion-cooking products. pp. 425-439. In: The Current State of Knowledge on Prosopis juliflora. (Eds.) M. A. Habit and J. C. Saavedra. FAO, Rome, Italy.

CRUZ, G. (1986) Obtención de harina de algarroba y posibilidades de usarla en productos para la alimentación humana. MSc thesis, Universidad de Piura, Peru.

DEL VALLE, F. R., E. MARCO, R. BECKER AND R. M. SAUNDERS. (1986) Preparation of a mesquite (Prosopis spp.) pod enhanced protein reduced fiber fraction. Journal of Food Science 51:1215-1217.

OVIEDO AND G. F. de VALDES. (1535) Historia Natural y General de la Indias. Vol. 9 Part 3. Sevilla, Spain.
The prosopis juliflora-Prosopis pallida complex: A Monograph, NM Pasiecznik, P Felker, PJC Harris, LN Harsh, GCruz, JC Tewari, KCadoret and Lj Maldonado.

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Due to its environment, the tree has adapted and developed a special mechanism to gather water and nutrients from deep within the earth. Mesquite powder is low in sugar but has a natural sweet exotic flavour.

Harvesting consist of the pods being picked when they are entireley ripe. They are then dried at a low temperature and milled into a fine powder.

Mesquite Powder Nutrition Table Per Serve (10g) Per 100g
Energy 159kJ 1590kJ
Protein 1.6g 16g
Fat-total 0.34g 3.4g
   - saturated 0g 0g
Carbohydrate 8g 80g
   - sugars 4.4g 44g
 Sodium 0.5mg 5mg

Great Mesquite! the best I have had so far.

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Is Mesquite powder a raw food?

Yes, The ripe mesquite pods are dehydrated at a low temperature and ground into a fine powder. No high heat is involved during its process.

 


Can Mesquite powder be used in baking?

Yes, mix with your favourite flour and bake. Mesquite powder will add nutrients to your baking and also add a mild sweetness.

Packing Presentations

This product is available in the following packing presentations:


CODE DESCRIPTION UNIT SIZE U/BOX
MESQ-000250 MESQUITE POWDER 250G (COMMING SOON) 250G 20
MESQ-010000 MESQUITE POWDER 10KG BULK 10KG EA

Presentations

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250g

Mesquite Powder - Raw Organic

10Kg bulk

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mexican indigenous ceremony

A sacred ceremony in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico honoring the Chichimeca culture. This region is natural habitat for Mesquite tree which grows in the dry fields and supplies valued pods to the local population.

  • July 2007

Pre-colonial diets offered indigenous cultures a well balanced diet including corn and plenty of other vegetables including ground mesquite pods. Modern Mexico still maintains many traditions from ancient cultures that keep rituals alive, such as honoring the gods and placing altars with food offerings on sacred ceremonies such as the one above.

Paolo Grossi in mexican indigenous ceremony

Paolo shares a moment with ceremony leader in Mineral de Pozos, celebrating the Chichimecada. San Luis Potosi is an arid zone in central Mexico where Mesquite grows natively and has been used by Nahua and Chichimeca cultures from ancient times.

  • July 2007

In modern times only one ethnic group is customarily referred to as Chichimecas, namely the Chichimeca Jonaz of whom a few thousand live in the state of Guanajuato and San Luis Potosi..