Preserving the Sweetness of the Desert
Today’s Local First Arizona member spotlight is on Cheri's Desert Harvest:
Growing up in Arizona, the old folklore about being stranded in the desert and drinking water from a cactus was so near to our young imaginations. Though we learned later in life, the juicy pulp from some cactus plants can make us sick instead of quenching the thirst, others such as prickly pear, agave, and other plants native to the Southwest actually have amazing health and culinary benefits. Tucson-based Cheri's Desert Harvest has uncovered the art of preserving these magnificent fruits of the desert. The company creates all-natural preserves, candies, syrups, honeys and quick mixes produced from fresh fruits and vegetables grown and harvested in Arizona and the surrounding areas. Hand-picked at the peak of ripeness, the prickly pear cactus fruit, sweet oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, and peppers, mild to extra hot, are processed with care to preserve the color, flavor and nutrient values. Cheri's Desert Harvest has successfully captured the taste of the Southwest, providing their magnificent-tasting preserves, honey, and other unique offerings since 1985.