Edible Desert Plants

Edible Desert Plants Page

This page provides an index to plants used for food by the native people of the Sonoran Desert. Note all cactus fruit is edible, but some does not taste good. The best tasting cactus fruit comes from the Saguaro, Prickly Pear, and Barrel cacti.

This index also includes some medicinal plants

A Desert Christmas cactus

Agave, a plant of many uses

Brittlebush and chewing gum

Chiltepin peppers, spice and medicine

The uniquely fragrant chocolate flower

Creosote Bush, a Desert Survivor

Desert Tobacco, a pretty but poisonous desert plant

Desert Ironwood with video

Desert Mistletoe

Desert Spoon (Sotol) a plant of many uses

Desert Willows provide emergency food and medicine

Devil’s Trumpet, another pretty but poisonous plant

Devil’s Claw provides food, fiber and medicine

Edible Desert Plants – Barrel Cactus Fruit

Indian Fig – a useful variety of Prickly Pear Cactus

Jojoba oil, good on the outside, bad on the inside

Joshua Trees of the Mohave Desert

Mesquite Trees Provide Food and a Pharmacy

Mormon Tea – a widely used medicinal plant

Mexican Cardon Cactus – the world’s largest cactus

Oak trees of the Sonoran Desert Region

Ocotillos and the Boojum

Palo Verde Trees Will Turn the Desert Golden

Prickly Pear Cacti – many varieties, many uses

Sacred Datura – pretty, poisonous, and hallucinogenic

Saguaro Cactus Icon of the Sonoran Desert

Sowthistle – a new weed in my yard

Staghorn and Buckhorn Cholla Cactus

The Old Man and the Totem Pole

Tufted evening primrose – a winter bloomer

Yuccas provide food, fiber, and soap

Can You Get Potable Water From a Cactus?