Annual Mesquite Milling

This festive, one-day event is held in the fall of each year to encourage the use of this local food, once a staple of indigenous people living in the area. Participants bring mesquite pods gathered during the previous summer for processing into nutritious and delicious flour using a large, community-owned hammer mill. Free milling is for non-commercial, home use. Mesquite pancake/waffle breakfast is served prior to milling. Local food potluck follows milling.

The mesquite milling is now hosted and co-sponsored by the Cascabel Community Center, with the cooperation of Desert Harvesters of Tucson, who bring out their hammermill to help with milling.

When: Fall of each year

Where: Cascabel Community Center, Cascabel, AZ

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Loading pods into the Cascabel

desert harvesters

The Desert Harvesters’ mill
in action


people waiting

People with containers of
mesquite pods for milling


Enjoying mesquite pancakes
& waffles


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