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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:32 am 
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Sorry it took so long to get this up. It's the first Saguaro fruit I have seen ripening this year. It's at Saguaro National Park-West high on a pass thrrough the Tucson Mountains. This was June 4. I should return and watch the critters feasting this week up there.
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So, are they worth eating, or are they best left to the critters?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:35 am 
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Phil,
I have been lucky enough to find a few ripe fruits that have not been partially consumed by the many desert dwellers that enjoy a good Saguaro fruit meal. I enjoy them. They are a bit reminicent of a watermelon. The seeds are small like poppy seeds and aren't worth bothering about.
The Tohono O'odham people still have some members that do the traditional harvesting of the fruits with the use of an efficient picker constructed out of Saguaro ribs. They make a semi-sacred wine for the calling of the rains ritual, jams and dry some for tough times. SEE:
http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/exhi ... ndex.shtml
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http://storytrail.com/pages/Saguaroharvest2.html
The June ripening of the fruits attract a myriad of critters including the White Wing Dove that visits from Mexico for the feast( and a little mating while there here) along with a couple speicies of bats that make the international trip for the flower nectar and I believe the fruit too. Insects, birds, rodents and a few mammals compete for crop. I believe a few reptiles enjoy the fruit too.
At that time of year food sources are few and the flavorful and nutritious Saguaro fruit is a welcome sight for many
dessert dwellers.
Any more ?--feel free,
Ed

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