Prickly Pear Cactus

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Also known as nopal cactus and Indian fig, it thrives in dry, rocky poor soil with little care.

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The cactus is also a food source. The fruits (those roundish buds) are sweet, juicy and nutritious and the pads (the flat beaver-tale shaped parts) are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

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Aren’t the flowers gorgeous?

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These are NOT so gorgeous…

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Thought this one looked like a heart….

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And does this sign just crack you up? Personally, there’s no way I’m reaching my hand in there to pick a cactus! OUCH!

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“I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, Damn. I am less nurturing than a desert.”
Demetri Martin

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