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. bryanilona 100 months ago | reply

    Your photo is worthy
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  2. WorldofArun 100 months ago | reply

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

  3. MiniLaura 100 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.

  4. Trish Mayo 100 months ago | reply

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

  5. lars hammar 100 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:

  6. tkblize 100 months ago | reply

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

  7. sergiopigo 100 months ago | reply

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  8. Márcia C 100 months ago | reply

    Very interesting... Excellent shot..
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  9. Daniel Greene 100 months ago | reply

    Very nice photo!

  10. challiyan 100 months ago | reply

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

  11. DMC43 100 months ago | reply

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

  12. view of MT 100 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!!

  13. _ØяAcLә_ 100 months ago | reply

    Sweet shot Kretyen* Amazing look Once again "))

  14. Funchye 100 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the interesting infomations about the cactus!

  15. fiammetta53 100 months ago | reply

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

    Spiny fruits

  16. Samuelraj - Professional Photographer 100 months ago | reply

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

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  18. RumpledElf 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I used this photo here:

    Thanks for sharing with a CC license!

  19. CoolBigWillieStyles 17 months ago | reply

    Hello, I am in the process of creating a weed booklet for residents of central Victoria, Australia. The booklet is provided to residents free of charge. Would there be any chance that you might allow me to use this image in our brochure? Your name would be listed as an image contributor? I would also be able to send you a copy. Prickly Pear cactus is a weed in Australia.

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