On Saturday, October 17, the Huhugam Ki Museum hosted its Fall Mesquite Milling and Pancake Breakfast, which included mesquite-flour pancakes with prickly-pear syrup and assorted toppings.
The museumís mesquite pancake breakfast has been presented semiannually since 2006. The pancake flour was made from dried mesquite pods gathered from throughout the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The pods were either picked or gathered after they had fallen from trees, and then the flour was made by pulverizing the mesquite pods in a hammer mill located at the museum. Pods must be dry and the milling must be done in dry weather. There was no demonstration of the milling this time due to the heavy rainfall which occurred the day before.
It was a beautiful fall morning, with temperatures no higher than the mid-70s. Attendees enjoyed their outdoor breakfast and lots of conversation. Vendors were on site selling baked goods, tamales, menudo, jewelry and other items, while cultural demonstrators gave guests a look at their traditional artistry. Cindy Peshlakai and Phillip Smith demonstrated the beginnings of a burden basket and use of a ground loom to make cradle wraps.
The museum hopes the pancake breakfast encourages the Community to gather mesquite pods and incorporate this gluten-free flour into their diet.
If you have mesquite pods and would like to grind them into flour, the Huhugam Ki Museum will assist for free during the month of November. Pods must be free of any moisture.
Make sure they snap in two when you bend them
- Remove all twigs, bad beans and rocks from your containers
- A packed 5-gallon bucket can get you a little less than one gallon of flour
The Mesquite flour has no gluten, so it needs to be added to white flour if you want to use it in bread and cake recipes. Search online for recipes that are gluten free.
Up next for the Huhugam Ki Museum is its 28th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 7, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. There will be chicken scratch music and dancing, dance groups, food, displays, and arts and crafts. For more information regarding this event, or if you have any questions on mesquite flour, please call the Huhugam Ki Museum at (480) 362-6320.