The blossoming of Tucson’s foodie scene in recent years, and its designation as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy, has raised interest in the city’s rich agricultural history and native food lineage. This week, Arizona Spotlight heads outside to learn how to forage for one food that the Tohono O'odham people have eaten for many generations, and that itself is going through a culinary renaissance: the cholla bud. We also visit the San Xavier Coop Farm to learn how buds are processed for consumption.
A conversation with Gary Nabhan, an expert on desert harvesting, whose titles include nature writer, ethnobotanist and founding director of the Center for Regional Food Systems.
A visit to Felicia's Farm, an organic farm behind River Road that's doing a lot more than just growing vegetables. (Click here to read more about Casa Maria, the Soup Kitchen that Felicia's Farm's produce is donated to.)