Cheers! Using invasive trees to make bourbon
Updated: Dec 9, 2022
Texas' famous King Ranch has teamed up with Old Forester Distilling Co. in a creative take on managing invasive honey mesquite trees (Prosopis glandulosa). Technically, this tree is native to Texas and much of the US Southwest, but changing fire regimes and other human manipulations of the landscape have transformed it into a pest that many consider an invader.
Read about the effects of honey mesquite and this libacious collaboration in Texas Monthly.
Header photo courtesy of Texas Monthly; Bourbon: Courtesy of King Ranch; Mesquite: Getty