Boyce Thompson Arboretum Tour – Edible and Medicinal Desert Plants
Learn the edible and medicinal uses of native desert plants along the Curandero Trail at the UA's Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior.
This leisurely walk is guided by Mike Hills, world-traveler and herbal gourmand. You never know just what you might be treated to on a walk with Mike; he's been known to share mesquite-flour muffins with his tour group, or toasted jojoba seeds. A few years back, Mike organized a honeybee lecture followed by a honey tasting with a dozen desert varieties. On another occasion, he served South African "bush tea" derived from the native buchu and rooibos (pronounced "rye-bosh") plants.
Editor's note: This tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.