Thursday, June 25, 2009

cactus (number 2)

prickly pear cactus about to bloom in the Arizona desert in April
Prickly pear cacti represent about a dozen species of the Opuntia genus (Family Cactaceae) in the North American deserts. All have flat, fleshy pads that look like large leaves. The pads are actually modified branches or stems that serve several functions -- water storage, photosynthesis and flower production. All parts are edible.
interesting article about the edible prickly pear
how to eat a prickly pear
RoseWorksJewelry mentioned a prickly pear margarita. sounds good to me! Here is a recipe!
photo by me © 2009

16 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful !! I loved the color !! This is great !!Unseen Rajasthan

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  2. that is a gorgeous picture. pretty cactus too. I've never seen one like that before.

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  3. Beautiful shot. I love the color of the buds! The prickly pear we have are yellow blossoms. I actually tried to eat one once. LOL

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  4. Beautiful photo! I haven't seen cactus in a very long time and certainly have never eaten it!

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  5. This reminds me of my grandparent's front yard. The prickly pear cactus they have, has yellow blooms. I really like this pink.

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  6. Wow, what a beautiful photo. I've never heard of this kind before. Take care..Kathi

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  7. I love the colors in this picture, my favorite combinations! But . . . eating a prickly pear?????

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  8. I LOVE prickly pear cactus! It tastes sooo nummy!

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  9. No clue how to prepare it - but I had a friend living in Arizona for awhile and when I visited her we bought some honey with prickly pear cactus in it - and I've had some jam with it - oh and my inlaws bought us some candy made out of it :) And according to my best friend it makes for a pretty darn good margarita!

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  10. I love the little flowers, a beautiful color. I wish we could grow cacti here but the winters are too cold.

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  11. That photo is amazing! love it!
    and I like the photo by me part underneath :) cuter than actually having your name & ppl instantly know it was you

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  12. I tried to click on your red, white, and blue post from my google reader, but it says that page does not exist on your blog...?

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  13. that is so beautiful - not only the flowers, but the colors are extraordinary!

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  14. note: red, white, and blue post is scheduled for July 4th.

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