Date Posted: May 11, 2016
The bright yellow flowers of pricklypear cactus attract a wide range of pollinators, especially native bees. The fleshy fruits and seeds are eaten by birds, small mammals and gopher tortoises (who also enjoy browsing the pads).
Pricklypear cactus fruits and young pads are also edible to humans (once they have been carefully de-bristled). The ripe fruits can be eaten raw or used to make juice, jam or syrup. The pads or nopales can be sautéed or grilled.
Read more about this spinose succulent on our blog.
Photo by Stacey Matrazzo.
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