Desert Fire Cider Workshop Recap
We started off this February with a very hands-on, very colorful, and very fun Desert Fire Cider Workshop taught by local herbalist Christina Sanchez of Every Leaf Speaks. Fire Cider is a folk herbal remedy, and Christina turned it into a Desert Fire Cider by incorporating native plants to the Mojave Desert.
Much of the process involved chopping delicious, organic vegetables and fruits to fit inside mason jars.
We didn't stop at just fruits and veggies. Christina had a healthy lineup of native plants, dried herbs, and spices too!
Even though our jars were starting to fill up more than halfway, there was still plenty of more chopping to do. Jalapeño and habanero peppers were added for warm spice.
Citrus fruits, including oranges and lemons, were squeezed and grated. Every part of the fruit could and should be used.
We began to add bright, beautiful spices and herbs and sweet, dried Hibiscus flowers.
As our jars neared the top, we worried we didn't have room for any more ingredients, including the important native plants of Globemallow, Sagebrush, and Pinyon Pine, but Christina reassured us there was still plenty of space left! We shared a cholla skeleton to mash, smoosh, and stir our Fire Cider ingredients to make more room.
After adding the apple cider vinegar, it was now time to add another imporant ingredient – honey! We had all been asked to bring a jar of local, organic honey.
Many of us chose to save plants that did not get added into our Desert Fire Ciders. We will either add them later or make them into teas. A few of us used our cups to hold the extra plants which also ended up making nice table decor!
As the workshop wrapped up, we gathered to show off our Desert Fire Ciders for the camera.
February 5, 2018
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