Editor’s note: The following is part of a series featuring recipes with ingredients harvested from public lands.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has compiled its favorite recipes of dishes that "include ingredients you can hunt, fish, or forage on public lands," and has given GPM permission to reprint their creations here. Before you fire up your campfire or woodstove, however, DOI reminds us:
Hunting and fishing are outdoor activities with tasty results. Before you go after game or cast your line, check out our hunting and fishing guides so that you can make sure you’re following the rules, have the federal and state licenses you need and are keeping safe.
On many public lands, gathering natural, renewable products — such as fruits, berries, nuts or sea shells — is permitted, subject to certain conditions set by each location or state office. Be sure to check nps.gov, fws.gov, blm.gov or the websites of specific parks and national wildlife refuges for the most up-to-date information on availabilities and quantity limits before going to pick plants. Always make sure to properly identify plants before picking them, as some can be hazardous.
Double Cereus Cactus Bread
This twist on banana bread is sharp! Cactus fruit will give you a sweet, yet tart bread that will be just as easy to bake as it is to enjoy. Gather your cactus fruits from Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument or Saguaro National Park and start baking this tasty treat! National Park Service Employee Charles Conner is the creative mastermind behind this recipe.
2-3 cups fruit pulp from several saguaro and organ pipe cactus fruit
1/4 cup of light vegetable oil
1 cup agave nectar
2 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup mesquite flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into bread pan.
Bake for about 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Double Cereus Cactus Bread: Use the fruit from these organ pipe cacti for your cactus bread. Photo by National Park Service.