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Ingredients prepped for the workshop
Ingredients prepped for the workshop

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.

Christina Sanchez of Every Leaf Speaks
Christina Sanchez of Every Leaf Speaks

Much of the process involved chopping delicious, organic vegetables and fruits to fit inside mason jars.

Chopping garlic
Chopping garlic

We didn't stop at just fruits and veggies. Christina had a healthy lineup of native plants, dried herbs, and spices too!

The vast array of ingredients
The vast array of ingredients

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.

Jars are starting to be filled
Jars are starting to be filled

Citrus fruits, including oranges and lemons, were squeezed and grated. Every part of the fruit could and should be used.

Squeezing lemon juice
Squeezing lemon juice

Concentrating
Concentrating

Teaching us about plant medicine
Teaching us about plant medicine

Jars are getting more colorful
Jars are getting more colorful

Beautiful spices
Beautiful spices

We began to add bright, beautiful spices and herbs and sweet, dried Hibiscus flowers.

Adding tumeric
Adding tumeric

Explaining mixing methods
Explaining mixing methods

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.

Last few stages of the process
Last few stages of the process

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.

Now adding the honey!
Now adding the 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!

Saving leftover plants
Saving leftover plants

As the workshop wrapped up, we gathered to show off our Desert Fire Ciders for the camera.

The group with their Fire Ciders
The group with their Fire Ciders

By cactus mart

February 5, 2018

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