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Goatnut, Deernut and Coffeeberry

Jojoba bush, Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree
These are some of the common names for the Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), a plant which grows abundantly throughout the Mojave and other southwestern deserts. Deer and other animals browse on its leathery gray-green foliage all year.

Indian tribes and early settlers roasted and ground the nuts to make coffee. Ground squirrels depend on them for winter food. Scientists have discovered medicinal and lubrication uses for the oil in jojoba nuts.

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