Saguaro Ice Cream

If you follow David Wolfe onΒ Facebook, you may already know about his recent Saguaro Harvest adventure just outside of Tucson. I copied it below for those that didn’t see… I sent it out to my AZ friends as a sweet reminder for those that are sweating out the 111 degree summer days there right now. There is medicine, pure ancient wisdom, in those dear saguaros. My reminder is to make time for them…. and the other treasures that sacred land holds. There’s a joke going around right now that the Devil came to visit and said it was too hot to stay πŸ˜‰

I’ve been lucky enough to have many friends escaping the Sonoran Desert heat and visiting me here in these cooler mountains of Western North Carolina. And I’m happy to say, they’ve brought me saguaro treats! The ebb and flow of my “season” in Tucson revolves around the cycle of the great Saguaros – some of my my joyful moments and then again, my most pain sorrow all happened within these times. (All of which offered such opportunity for deep growth, btw) Isn’t it amazing how we can attach certain emotions with food – and also with seasons?

Here’s my recipe for Saguaro Ice Cream … INjoy


saguaro ice cream


2 frozen bananas

2 saguaro cactus fruit -yummy insides only

almond milk – just enough to blend

dash vanilla extract

dash mineral salt

Buzz in a high speed blender – inJOY immediately. Serves 2 πŸ™‚


Posted by David Wolfe:

Just back from my friend’s ranch out in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, Arizona. Spent three days picking epic amounts of Saguaro Cactus Fruit. Battled temperatures as high as 111 degrees Fahrenheit. In 3 days I picked enough superfood to survive on for 3 months. This Tohono O’odham superfruit is eaten by every creature in the Sonoran. The Saguaro is the slowest maturing fruit tree I know of. Often these trees won’t produce their first fruits for 60 years. Before the Saguaro Cactus puts out its first arm it is already 75 years of age. They can live 1,000 years and still produce fruit in their old age. This fruit is loaded with betalain antioxidants that protect from the Sun and strengthen the brain and blood. The black seeds nourish Jing and longevity and are more nutritious than chia seeds. Once the desert monsoons arrive within a couple weeks, the season will end. So glad I made it out to those shamanic realms this year.


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  1. I think late March is often a better time to come to So. AZ! That’s when the widlolfwer season occurs (whole parts of the desert turn bright yellow-orange with poppies!) and many of the smaller cacti bloom. It’s also not 110 degrees outside, which is always a plus. On the other hand, late May and early June are when you get the saguaro and night blooming cereus blooms, and they’re both super impressive. But boy was it hot the day I took this saguaro photo!

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