After seeing the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Monument Valley it’s time to hit the food trail

Here are some unusual cuisine offerings in Arizona

Cactus cuisine
Eating them may not be the first thought when it comes to Cacti, but it has long been a staple of the Native American people in Arizona. The juice from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus plant is used to make a delicious syrup which is then a key ingredient in creating everything from prickly pear margaritas to sweet treats and is even used to flavour savoury salsas and barbecue sauces. They are also believed to be great sources of antioxidants! Enjoy a prickly pear margarita alongside spectacular views at Enchantment Resort in Sedona. www.enchantmentresort.com

The Salsa trail
Visitors can undertake Arizona’s hottest road trip through the Southern communities of Safford, Pima, Thatcher, Solomon, Clifton, Duncan, Willcox, and York. The trail comprises of twelve traditional and independently owned Mexican restaurants, a chile grower and family owned tortilla factory, Mi Casa Tortilla. Guests can tour the factory and sample the preservative-free tortillas in flavours such as apple-cinnamon, chorizo, and tomato and basil. www.salsatrail.com

Arizona Wines
An increasingly respected wine region, Arizona’s romance with winemaking, sparked by Spanish missionaries in the 17thcentury, has been rekindled in recent decades by a group of passionate vintners who also know how to have a good time. Drop into one of the boutique wineries springing up across the state to sample award winning bottles or explore Arizona’s three wine trails and see why the wines are being celebrated well beyond Arizona. www.arizonawine.org/winetrail.html

Sonoran Hot Dog
A Sonoran hot-dog is a bacon-wrapped hot dog in a toasted bun slathered with your choice of beans, chopped tomatoes, onion, mustard, jalapeno sauce and mayonnaise. Delicious! You can find them across Tucson, at everywhere from fine dining restaurants to the increasingly popular street cart. El Guero Canelo was one of the first pioneers of the Sonoran Hotdog and an iconic Tucson staple. www.elguerocanelo.com

Mesa Foodie Trail
The region of Mesa enjoys a bountiful harvest all year long. Visitors can sample the very best of local produce at twelve popular food-driven experiences which line the Fresh Foodie Trail. The trail winds visitors through Mesa and beyond into the towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek and includes True Garden Urban Farm, Queen Creek Olive Mill and Superstition Dairy Farm. www.visitmesa.com/lifestyles/fresh-foodie

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