Yetman Book III


Here’s the 3rd picture “borrowed” from the Arizona Daily Star‘s article about David Yetman’s new book, “The Great Cacti: Ethnobotany and Biogeography.”

“I’m always sort of perplexed by how few people who have lived in the desert for a long time have not eaten a saguaro fruit. It’s the consistency of a fig but sweet and very tasty. Not only is it delicious, it’s really good for you. . . . Look at how abundant they are. You begin to understand how the Tohono O’odham considered this a miraculous occurrence. It’s not necessarily the easiest thing in the world to gather. So the O’odham devised various collecting sticks to get them off of there. But it is a gift of nature to desert people.”


    
    
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