Ha:san Bak: Saguaro Harvest Celebration
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail
Many, if not most, Tucsonans have at least one saguaro within a few feet of their front door, yet few of them see the ubiquitous cactus as a source of sustenance. The Tohono O’odham, on the other hand, have constructed a large part of their culture around the comings and goings of the saguaro’s red fruit, and over centuries in the desert have devised myriad uses for every part of the great cactus-tree.
In late June, as the annual harvest is in full swing, native volunteers give workshops on the uses and wonders of the saguaro at Colossal Cave Mountain Park near Vail, including making a batch or two of saguaro syrup and other delicacies.
© Tim Hull from Moon Tucson, 1st Edition