A Cactus You Can Eat – The Arizona Desert Prickly Pear!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

Many people in Tucson do not like cactus – and especially the prickly pear cactus as it grows and spreads quickly.  It’s also a difficult cactus to remove from your yard once it’s overgrown.

During this time of year, all cacti are in bloom, but with this particular kind, the blooming begins with a fig-like bulb that many love because you can pick it, prep it and eat it!  And it’s quite tasty!

The prickly pear cactus bulb, left untouched also blooms several color shades of flowers – as you can see in this photo. 

The bulbs typically start out green, then turn to red, then bloom vibrant colors of yellow, pinks and reds!

If you have time and are adventurous, pick, peel and eat the cactus figs on your own – or do what I do – simply buy ready-made syrups, candies, and an all-time favorite – jelly!

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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

If you are lost or broke down in the dessert, you better know what to eat or drink.

May 02, 2012 11:03 PM #1
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team


We see them everywhere in and around Southern California.

May 02, 2012 11:15 PM #2
Paul Francis
Francis Group Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes

I had a Prickly Pear cactus take over a portion of my backyard and I was about to hack it out when somebody said the bulbs were edible. Prepared them carefully... and sure enough, not bad. Now I use them to brew up in an iced tea... 

They are Very high in Antioxidants...

May 02, 2012 11:28 PM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Gab.....  look at the size of those thorns..... be careful....

May 03, 2012 12:04 AM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I like jelly, and I do like figs either candied, dried or however I can get them.  They are tasty and darn you woman you got my mouth to watering.. :~)

May 03, 2012 09:17 PM #5
John Cannata
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Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I didnt realize that any Cactus has pretty flowers that bloom on it. Very cool.

May 04, 2012 05:12 AM #6
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