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Prickly Pear Cactus


Prickly Pear Cactus
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-12
Categories: Cacti
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-14 4:22
Viewed: 3270
Points: 2
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A Prickly Pear Cactus about to bloom on Galveston Island, Texas. This one will have yellow flowers and when the blooms fade what is left is an edible fruit called tunas or cactus pears. They can taste like strawberries, watermelon, honeydew melon, banana, fig or citrus. The flat pads are actually the plant stems and are also edible...Nopales(whole) or Nopalitos(diced). They must be scraped to remove the spines and taste a little like green beans. Rabbits and such like to hide amid them because of the protection from predators afforded them by the thorns. This also makes the cacti a prime hang-out for Rattlesnakes....

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To angybone: Hi Angelinajmirah 1 04-16 17:50
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The colors look a little different. There's almost a pinkish cast to the photo.
I like the composition - it looks like some Freddy Kruger hand reaching from the corner of the frame. (I watch too much tv). You can see the spider web and the tiny thorns at the base of the small blooms to be.

These things are actually a good source of calcium and vitamin C. And what handy eating - - - the toothpick is a part of the meal. ha ha

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