Mesquite is a traditional food among native South and North American tribes and has been treasured for centuries for its many delicious and healthy uses. It has a sweet, caramely, malty, low-sugar superfood loaded with healthy goodness including fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.
Made from the edible, large bean-like pods of the mesquite tree, mesquite powder has an variety 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. Mesquite Powder comes from the high desert plains of northern Peru.
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. Nearly all of the essential amino acids are present, and Mesquite Powder also contains the important amino acid lysine along with calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.
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 Mesquite Powder a well-rounded superfood that you'll want to enjoy often.