Let’s focus on the Chilean Mesquite tree one of the most beneficial trees found in the Arizona Sonoran desert.
Nature designed the Chilean Mesquite in a very unique way its small leaves minimize water evaporation and its root system is very special not only does it go out laterally from the trunk to capture rainwater. The tree has a tap root that goes 30 to 90 feet down to reach a more permanent source of water something that desert range just can’t simply provide.
We know that all plants take nutrients from the soil but many of them return nothing. So with a Chilean Mesquite as that this tree grows it takes nitrogen from the soil puts it into its root system and gives that to its leaves and bean pods. As they fall to the earth okay later on that nitrogen is returned and the soil enriched so that other plants can grow below its canopy.
Native cultures knew the leaves to be a great fertilizer and as for the bean pods, they’re a wonderful source of food for wildlife and for us for example. You can grind the pods and turn them into this Chilean Mesquite meal. Taking the Chilean Mesquite meal mixing it in a four to one mixed with some good white flour. If you can bake it you can make it cookies cakes whatever it’s delicious. Guys if you ever grill the steak on Chilean Mesquite charcoal now that’s yummy.
As a medicinal edible plant, the entire tree can be used. The tree root can be pulverized and turned into a laxative. The pods can be powdered and turned into an application for cuts and abrasions even an eyewash. You can use the inner bark for dysentery or just boil the pods and turn them into a sweet molasses drink. Namely it conjunctivitis, sore, throat, stomach, inflammation all treatable by Chilean Mesquite.
Why? Because it’s anti-microbial and anti-fungal.
Native cultures relied on this tree heavily. Just think about it shade tree, nursery tree, municipal, medicinal edible plant, barbecue fun, and even a building materials tree. That’s the Chilean Mesquite tree of life.