Nathan Funke wrote:hi folks, I was recently listening to a recorded lecture by bill mollison regarding desert permaculture and he talked about a specific variety of mesquite tree called Prosopis Pallida, also called the Kiawa tree and American Carab. he said that hawaii has developed several different varieties of it and i was hoping someone out in the forum might be able to help.
First, has anyone been able to find a resource that you can obtain them at?
Second, does any one know of a variety of pallida that is thornless?
I greatly appreciate any help you might be able to provide
David Goodman wrote:I've had the pods of Prosopis velutina and they're delicious. Like vanilla wafers.
Here's a problem, though: a lot of the mesquites are on the noxious weed lists. The government is terrified of them escaping the desert, apparently. Getting seeds is tough unless you have a friend.
I own my own nursery in Florida. When the USDA inspector found I had started some mesquites from seed, she said "THEY GOTTA GO!"
Nathan Funke wrote:Thanks John,
I'll have to try there The University of Arizona like you suggested.
David, do you think I would get in trouble if I wanted to grow this on my own property? Where could I find a list of "noxious weeds" that have been banned from my area?