[permaculture] Prosopis cineraria

Marimike6 at cs.com Marimike6 at cs.com
Fri Mar 31 11:42:23 EST 2006

Thanks for getting me going on this subject, Mitch. Turns out that P. 
cineraria is a pretty fine tree for places like your central Texas (dry and 
alkaline). It fixes nitrogen, makes great fodder, can be utilized in apiculture (honey 
production), stabilizes loose sand, cools the soil, makes good fence posts and 
house timbers and provides vegetables for the pot. Sorghum and millet benefit 
from its shade, and it is thought to confer soil fertility. It's salt and 
drought tolerant.

Sounds like the vegetable version of the shmoo-- that old Al Capp invention 
that laid eggs, tasted like chicken when fried or beef when roasted, and jumped 
into the pan on request.

They haven't found good ways to propagate it outside its native habitat yet. 
But it puts forth copious seeds and might be a good subject for study and 



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