25 episodes

Petey Mesquitey is KXCI’s resident storyteller. Every week since the spring of 1992 Petey has delighted KXCI listeners with slide shows and poems, stories and songs about flora, fauna, and family and the glory of living in southern Arizona.

Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey Petey Mesquitey

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    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

Petey Mesquitey is KXCI’s resident storyteller. Every week since the spring of 1992 Petey has delighted KXCI listeners with slide shows and poems, stories and songs about flora, fauna, and family and the glory of living in southern Arizona.

    Fendler's Desert Dandelion

    Fendler's Desert Dandelion

    I hope you’re getting a chance to do some wandering this spring…maybe your backyard or a nearby park or even out in the wild. I owe you an episode about pale wolfberry (Lycium pallidum) and I’ll do that, but this bright little annual that looks so much like a dandelion is abundant around out little homestead this April. I like the common name Fendler’s desert dandelion and of course I like the botanical name Malacothrix fendleri. The photos are mine and taken very near our home. The underside of the flower helps identify it from other dandelion-like flowers you may…

    • 4 min
    Ol' Jack Keroac

    Ol' Jack Keroac

    Seems every few years I revisit this old poem/song of mine. It’s a true story. Oh, and the band I was in back in those Tucson days was The Dusty Chaps. The photos are mine of some of the desert that blew my mind back then and still does.

    • 4 min
    Sumac

    Sumac

    It is the ground dried fruit of Rhus coriaria that’s used in cooking throughout the Middle East. The fruit of our southwestern species of sumac is almost always used as a refreshing tart drink and you come across local names like Apache kool-aid, sumac-aid or Rhusade. And, it has been used that way by indigenous folks for centuries. Reem Kassis is the author/chef I was reading about in The New Yorker. She is the author of the cookbooks The Palestinian Table, The Arabesque Table and the children’s book We are Palestinian, A Celebration of Culture and Tradition. The photos are…

    • 4 min
    Springtime Penstemon

    Springtime Penstemon

    Penstemons are in the Figwort Family, Scrophulariaceae. There are about 250 species and the majority of them, 99.9999%…okay I dunno, but there is only one other species somewhere in Eastern Asia… are found in North America and most of those are in the western United States. Lucky us and yay! Oh, and here is a fun factoid: It was botanist David Mitchell in colonial Virginia who suggested the name Penstemon to a plant he was working with, but he didn’t explain the name. Other botanists thought Mitchell was referring to the five stamen of the flowers using the Greek pente…

    • 4 min
    Grinding Holes and Wild Dock

    Grinding Holes and Wild Dock

    We love finding grinding holes in rocks when out traipsing in the wild. One of our favorite destinations when we lived in Tucson was the Coyote Mountains west of town. There was spot in one of the canyons where we found grinding holes and it became a family and friends gathering place. “Let’s meet at grinding hole rock.” You can find grinding holes in rocks all over southern Arizona and they are such a wonderful reminder of the people that lived here centuries before you and me. I love to stand by them taking in the view and imagining the…

    • 4 min
    Petey Loves Toumey Oaks

    Petey Loves Toumey Oaks

    Quercus toumeyi Arizona Sonora border foothills oak The photos are mine.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

esmecompost ,

Sumac

Thank you Petey for your beautiful Sumac episode. There’s plenty of tear stains on my recipe.

Petey’s stories are truly the best at capturing the beauty and wonder of the borderlands. My favorite kxci show.

Saint Leibowitz ,

Best southern AZ native plant and storytelling podcast

I have been listening to Peter for 30 years and he has been like a bard of the sonoran desert. Singing songs and telling stories of wandering in the desert being curious and enchanted by the natural world. It is the best, highest recommended podcast ever for me.

manlike. ,

Happy Holidays.

Thanks for all the good words. With all the contagious crap going around—your enthusiasm is infectious in a good way.

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