Stop by Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley!
HDTK and CM have started an informal collaboration, and most of our featured ingredients will be available at this little gem of a nursery on the southern bend of highway 62. Buying the monthly ingredient is a sustainable alternative to foraging. Cactus Mart offers fully established plants in 1-gallon pots, so not only can you harvest a few leaves or seeds for cooking, but you can transplant these purchases and begin to design your own native plant garden. (Just make sure to protect what you put in the earth—rabbits are shameless grazers!)
February's ingredient is any plant from the Lamiaceae family, which includes sages, mints, lavenders, and chia. I stopped in yesterday and saw that they still have a few beautiful, bushy pots of Salvia mellifera (black sage), which is a choice culinary herb as far as wild sages go. So go grab em before it's too late!
Cactus Mart is located just a hop and a skip south of Joshua Tree: 49889 29 Palms Highway, Morongo Valley, CA 92256