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Audio Essay - Harvesting Cholla: The Pleasures of Intangible Heritage

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In a time of pandemic, finding nourishment from the desert — and from the people who know it well — takes on special significance. For hardy desert dwellers, springtime means foraging for food amidst the cactus spines. Cholla buds are rich in calcium and magnesium and, like nopales (pad of prickly pear cactus), fall low on the glycemic index, which means they can help stabilize blood sugar. The Southwest Folklife Alliance shares this audio essay, "Harvesting Cholla: The Pleasures of Intangible Heritage," by BorderLore newsletter editor Kimi Eisele, featuring interviews with Amy Valdés Schwemm, Tanisha Tucker, and Jesus García with production support from Vanessa Barchfield.