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Monday - June 15, 2009

From: scottsdale , AZ
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Are Mesquite (Prosopis) pods safe for dogs to eat?
Answered by: Jackie OKeefe

QUESTION:

are pods from mesquite trees posionus to dogs if they chew or eat them?

ANSWER:

The pods of Prosopis glandulosa (honey mesquite)  and other varieties of Mesquite native to Arizona and the southwest are edible by man and beast, and were used by native Americans as a food source. Arizona State Parks FAQS state that they are "flavorful, mildly sweet and nutritious".


Prosopis glandulosa

 


Prosopis glandulosa
 

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