We're trying to start a Texas Mesquite Movement to help re-establish culinary use of our local mesquite beans. Mesquite was the primary source of food and medicine for the indigenous peoples of our region, thus it was considered "the tree of life." We're working with members of our community to harvest these delicious beans, process them in myriad ways and develop novel products which highlight their uniquely complex flavor.
In 2017, we worked with ranchers and refugees to harvest 1500 pounds of beans. Thanks to a culinary innovation grant from the Austin Food and Wine Alliance, we purchased a hammer mill which is operated at Barton Springs Mill. We use the mill to pulverize whole mesquite beans into a coarse meal or very fine flour. The whole beans and flour are being used by several restaurants in Texas, including Cured, Dai Due, Odd Duck/Sour Duck Market and The Brewer's Table.
We've also been working with local food and beverage producers to develop these delicious products: Cerveza de Mezquite (Jester King Brewery), mesquite cookie crumble ice cream (Lick Honest Ice Creams), mesquite and pecan gelato (Dolce Neve), mesquite porter (Cibolo Creek Brewery), mesquite dirty white chocolate (SRSLY Chocolate), and of course, our own mesquite bread and butter.
If you're in Texas and want to work with our mesquite beans in any way, give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org.