SPINELESS PRICKLY PEAR

Sun. Evergreen with yellow and orange flowers and edible purple fruits (tunas). The cactus pads themselves (nopalitos) are also edible. Spineless is a relative term when it comes to prickly pear; though it lacks long visible spines the eyes (glochids) still bear tiny irritating slivers and should be handled with some care even when wearing gloves. Pads can be safely held between the glochid dots (but don’t poke them in the eyes).

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