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An airy desert tree with delicate leaves and long bean-shaped seed pods that are ground up into meal (powder) and has been used as staple food for centuries by desert dwellers. High protein, minerals, with good quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, lots of amino acid lysine with a sweet rich molasses-like flavor with a hint of caramel- blends well into smoothies, especially those made w cacao and maca. The indians loved this multi-use tree. Immature pods can be eaten or heated like vegetables. Dry, older pods can be ground into powder for flour or even a sugar substitute (they are 16% sugar) that’s why they taste so great. I simply just bite off a piece of the hardened pod and spit out the seeds.(not necessary when young and soft) Flowers can be eaten raw. The sticky tree resin can be eaten like gum. Don’t eat moldy pods- watch for black spots. Mesquite has antibacterial qualities. When damaged, the tree can sprout multiple trunks and continue growing.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a genus of trees and shrubs of the family Mimosa-ceae. The plants are often thorny and sometimes leafless. The leaves are twice paripinnate, and the small, five-parted flowers are in axillary racemes or, sometimes, in heads. The fruit is a linear indehiscent pod. There are about 40 species, distributed in the subtropics and tropics of both hemispheres, predominantly in the Americas. In the Azerbaijan SSR, P. juliflora is cultivated. A tree reaching 12 m in height, it has fragrant greenish yellow flowers. Its fruits are edible pods and measure up to 23 cm long. Plants of the genus Lagonychium are often assigned to the genus Prosopis.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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A medida que aumenta la longitud de copa, individuos de Prosopis alba, tienden a tener copas mas hemi-esferoidales, cuando disminuye el incremento en altura, la copa adquiere una forma mas aplanada y extendida.
* United Arab Emirates: 2 reports; Ricinus communis (6.3%) (53) and (23.5%), (67) Prosopis juliflora (12.6%) (53) and (12%).
Hacia el este se encuentran las comunidades climax de "quebracho colorado" (Schinopsis balansae Engl.) y "quebracho blanco" (Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco), comunidades edaficas integradas por bosques de "algarrobo negro" (Prosopis nigra (Griseb.)) y "churqui" (Acacia caven), palmares de "caranday" (Copernicia alba) acompanados por "algarrobo blanco" (Prosopis alba Griseb), "aspatillares" de Elionurus muticus (Spreng.) Kuntze, "pirisales" dominados por Cyperus giganteus Vahl., que cubren esteros inundados.
Antioxidant activity of polyohenolic extract of monofloral honeybee from Prosopis juliflora (Leguminosae).
This experiment aimed at investigate the effects of feeding mixture of acacia, prosopis and leucaena on feed intake, digestibility, nutritive value, body weight change, rumen and blood parameters of Barki sheep and doe Shami goats.
Cony & Trione (1996) encontraron que las temperaturas de germinacion maxima y minima para especies de Prosopis spp.
The concentration of crude protein (CP) was ranging from 08.25 to 17.46% and highest (p<0.05) contents of CP were observed in Suaeda fruticosa and lowest in Prosopis cineraria.
En tanto, los recursos silvestres permiten dar cuenta de la manipulacion de mistol (Sarcomphalus mistol), chanar (Geoffroea decorticans), algarrobo (Prosopis sp.