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Hands-on cholla bud harvesting, processing, eating, & planting workshop

April 29, 2023 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am


The cholla cactus flower buds just started blooming in our neighborhood this week, so its time to harvest some (but not all)!

Come join us as we harvest cholla flower buds from neighborhood-grown staghorn cholla cactus, then process and enjoy the delicious bounty.

7am, Saturday, August 29th

813 N. 9th Avenue
Tucson, AZ


There are a limited number of spaces so purchase your spot now. First registered, first served.
When you hit the Buy Now button (removed after event), you’ll be taken to Brad Lancaster’s Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands PayPal site, as Brad is the instructor of this workshop.


Cholla bud pico de gallo salsa. Photo: Brad Lancaster

To ensure more productive harvests in the future, we’ll also show you how to propagate and plant more from cuttings.
The idea is to grow and steward such rain-irrigated native food plants where you live, work, & play.

Learn by doing as we cover ethical harvesting, how to de-thorn the buds before and/or after harvesting, different processing methods, feast on some prepared dishes, & how to propagate more plants from cuttings selected from plants with desired flower color (there are over 12 different bloom colors) and bud characteristics.

You will go home with a potted-up cutting to plant in your part of the neighborhood.

We start and finish early to beat the heat.


More info on cholla cactus, their edible parts, and other wonders


Potential bonus:
We may also harvest, process, and enjoy neighborhood-grown wolfberries depending on time and if the family and birds have not yet eaten all the berries by the time we have the workshop.

Lycium fremonti wolfberries and bloom. Photo: Brad Lancaster

Get more info on wolfberries


May also have some nopalito tapas, palo verde blossoms, mormon tea, chuparosa blossoms, and barrel cactus fruit.


What to bring:
Tongs for harvesting the buds (though I have some extra for those in need)

Dress to be out in full sun.



For more info on the various uses of these and other Tucson Basin native plants see the link below…

Ethnobotanical (Human Uses of Plants) Resources

And for more on how to passively harvest water to irrigate your plantings for free see:


Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Foresters