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Honey Mesquite : HC : Texas USA

Honey Mesquite : HC : Texas USA

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If there ever was a "Texas" wood, Honey Mesquite would be one of the top contenders. This is a love / hate relationship with many Texas ranchers though.

Mesquite is armed with thorns sometimes up to 2 inches long. In the spring, summer and after rains it is covered with fragrant white flowers, and the long bean pods are ornamental as well as providing food for wildlife and livestock. Mesquite is not a rancher's favorite tree: it readily invades overgrazed sites and other disturbed land, is virtually impossible to get rid of, and the thorns injure livestock. However, the foliage, flowers and fruit are attractive, it adapts to almost any soil that is not soggy, it is heat and drought tolerant, it fixes nitrogen in the soil and provides many areas of Texas with shade, fuel and timber where otherwise there would be none.

Used as fence posts, furniture, building beams, fuel, charcoal. It also is used as an ornamental tree in the landscaped lawn because of the interesting asymmetrical spreading form.

Another use that comes to mind is Texas BBQ. Mesquite wood is famous for use in those backyard and restaurant BBQ smokers.

As the common name indicates, this species is also a honey plant. The word "mesquite" is a Spanish adaptation of the Aztec name "mizquitl."

The Plains Indians found many uses for the Mesquite. The Apache and Isleta applied the juice from the leaves of honey mesquite to eyelids as a treatment for irritation. The Comanche chewed the leaves and swallowed the juice for an antacid. The Acoma ground the beans into flour and prepared the flour as a mush. They would also cook and eat the beans whole. The Navajo used the wood from honey mesquite to construct bows.

  • Model: 039-005
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