Harvesting Manzanita Berries and Agave

Manzanita.Berries.FormingIt’s almost like summer here at Pathfinder Ranch. The temperatures have been reaching up into the mid 70s to low 80s during the day and dropping just barely below freezing at night over the last week or so. The manzanitas have been blooming for weeks, and the flowers are starting to drop off exposing small berries. It is the berry of the manzanita that gives it its name (meaning little apple in Spanish). In just a few short weeks the berries will be ready for picking. The dried berries can be ground into meal to be used for food, or they can be picked and eaten fresh.

Import3.28 109On April 6 there is an Agave Harvest off of Highway 74 just several miles from the ranch put on by the Malki Museum (the museum is located in Banning, CA). Go to their website at www.malkimuseum.org to find out more and to register to join in the harvest. One of our naturalists will probably be there joining in the fun. The Malki Museum will then teach how to roast the agave on April 13 at their location in Banning.

I have always loved quotes, as well as the author Sigurd Olson. He was one of the authors of the Wilderness Act and helped to form The Point Reyes National Seashore here in California. Read over the following quote and think about two things: 1. What are you curious about that has to do with nature? 2. What does it mean to have an “open mind?”

“While we are born with curiosity and wonder and our early years full of the adventure they bring, I know such inherent joys are often lost. I also know that, being deep within us, their latent glow can be fanned to flame again by awareness and an open mind.” -Sigurd Olson

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