Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit

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Prickly pear cactus has been a staple of the Mexican and Central American diet for thousands of years. In parts of the U.S. it has been gaining popularity as an exotic, gourmet and healthy addition to one's diet. The prickly pear plant has two different edible sections: the pad of the cactus (nopal), which can be treated like a vegetable, and the pear (tuna), which can be treated like a fruit. They grow wild throughout the American southwest, down to South America and up to Canada.

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  1. g'pa bill 69 months ago | reply

    Let's make jelly!! (Call me when it's done...)

  2. Puce55-Elisabeth, peu présente 69 months ago | reply

    Très belle couleur pour ce fruit de cactus ! jolie photo !

  3. bryanilona 69 months ago | reply

    Your photo is worthy
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  4. WorldofArun 69 months ago | reply

    never seen this fruit...great colors and compo.

  5. MiniLaura 69 months ago | reply

    have you ever eaten prickly pear? I've tasted prickly pear jam, but that's it. I'm curious to try more.

  6. Trish Mayo 69 months ago | reply

    Beautiful color and detail - I'm learning about edible plants and this certainly looks like an interesting one.

  7. lars hammar 69 months ago | reply

    I love these cacti, even though a lot of people around here bad-mouth them and call them pests.

    You should join the Prickly Pear Cactus group:

  8. tkblize 69 months ago | reply

    Aren't the colors so beautiful? Nice shot, Ken. I like your work of plants in your area.

  9. sergiopigo 69 months ago | reply

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  10. Márcia C 69 months ago | reply

    Very interesting... Excellent shot..
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  11. Daniel Greene 69 months ago | reply

    Very nice photo!

  12. challiyan 69 months ago | reply

    Nice Shot and descriptions. Thanks for sharing this wonderful picture.

  13. DMC43 69 months ago | reply

    Very cool and so bright! Nice shot my friend!
    I love learning too, so thanks for givin' up the details!

  14. view of MT 69 months ago | reply

    Almost time to make jam! Just a few more weeks away...and the tunas will be ripe. They make the MOST gorgeous jam!!

  15. _ØяAcLә_ 69 months ago | reply

    Sweet shot Kretyen* Amazing look Once again "))

  16. Funchye 69 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the interesting infomations about the cactus!

  17. fiammetta53 69 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot.............. I love this fruits and I hope you like sardinian prickly pears! :-))

    Spiny fruits

  18. Samuelraj - Professional Photographer 69 months ago | reply

    Very informative and unusual picture, thanks for sharing. :-)

  19. frida!!! AWAY 68 months ago | reply

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  20. RumpledElf 30 months ago | reply

    Hi, I used this photo here:

    Thanks for sharing with a CC license!

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