A traditional food among native South and North American tribes, mesquite powder has been treasured for centuries for its many delicious and healthy uses. Navitas Naturals Mesquite Powder is a sweet, caramely, malty, low-sugar superfood loaded with healthy goodness including fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.
Native American Superfood Spice
Made from the edible, large bean-like pods of the mesquite tree (of the genus Prosopis), mesquite powder (also known as “algarrobo,”) has an array of uses and benefits including fuel, timber, animal fodder and food. In the Tehuacan Valley of Mexico, there is evidence that mesquite was eaten as far back as 6500 BC. Desert-dwelling tribes relied on the sweet pods as a staple food, and would even use them to barter with neighboring tribes.
Today, mesquite’s distinct flavor and wonderful aroma continue to be enjoyed throughout many cultural culinary applications. Navitas Naturals offers this widely respected food in its traditional organic powdered form.
- How to use it
- Baking Flour, Spice
- Dips, Yogurt
- Desserts, Chocolates
Product of Peru
Navitas Naturals Mesquite Powder comes from the high desert plains of northern Peru. The dry, windless climate creates a stable environment for the tree to flourish. With a unique root system, the tree has adapted to accessing water from deep within the earth. The pods are picked when they're fully ripe and then they are low-temperature dried and milled into a fine powder.
- Smoky Aroma
- Micronutrient Lineup
- Iron, Zinc
Low Glycemic Flour & Spice
Mesquite powder has a notably sweet flavor, but it's actually low in sugar. The ground mesquite meal is also a rich source of dietary fiber (two tablespoons provide nearly 25 percent of the recommended daily intake). Nearly all of the essential amino acids are present, fulfilling the FAO/WHO standard protein profile. Navitas Naturals Mesquite Powder also contains the important amino acid lysine along with calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.
Low Sugar, Fiber
Many medicinal uses for the extracts of mesquite have been documented ranging from sore throats to broken bones. Mesquite powder is especially valuable for individuals looking to balance their blood sugar levels because the sweetness in mesquite comes from fructose, which does not require insulin to digest or metabolize. Its high amount of dietary fiber also slows the absorption of other sugars, helping to further regulate and balance the body's glucose levels. Plant protein along with a rich roster of important nutrients makes Navitas Naturals Mesquite Powder a well-rounded superfood that you'll want to enjoy often.
The cultivation of mesquite is an excellent choice to support sustainable development since all parts of the tree can be used. The trees are fast-growing, drought resistant and improve soils by adding nitrogen. A complex root system anchors the tree and helps to avoid erosion.
Mesquite Powder is a healthy food, not a miracle drug. Health claims herein have not been reviewed by the FDA. Navitas Naturals products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
- Health Properties
Malty, Spicy Sweetness
In many places around the world, fresh mesquite pods are a delicious snack. In native communities living in the Sonoran Desert in North America, mesquite was cooked in its green pods with meats to add flavor. The pods were also toasted or dried and made into flour to make cakes. In northern Argentina, the flour is still commonly consumed today. Many cultures have prepared a version of a delicious mesquite beverage by mixing the flour with water, which becomes a sweet syrup.
You will not have any difficulty incorporating mesquite into your diet. The sweet, smoky, malty flavor of Navitas Naturals Mesquite Powder makes it an incredible addition to superfood smoothies, and you can easily add it as a partial flour substitute to your favorite baked goods. We also suggest that you mix mesquite powder into raw and cooked chocolates, and it is most delectable sprinkled on top of ice cream.