Fruit of the Cactus - It's Edible

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 SA585680000
Prickly pear cactus, photographed in an open space in Cave Creek AZ, in July 2021.
 
The edible parts include the fruit, leaves, flowers and stems.
 
Prickly pear cactus can be eaten whole, boiled or grilled.
 
In Arizona sometimes we can see it for sale is in the form of juice and jams.
 
I can see somebody started eating it raw here, on the stem ...
 
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Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (480) 966-9353

10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100
Scottsdale AZ 85260

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Comments (14)

Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

My previous home had a large Prickly Pear Cactus in the yard.  I remember the perilous journey of picking the fruit and trying to cook it in some manner.  I'm certain I was doing it all wrong, and there was an easier way.

Jul 07, 2021 02:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Interesting. I've never seen a cactus with fruit. What animals eat that? It must be hard to get at the fruit.

 

Enjoy your day!

Jul 07, 2021 05:18 AM
Steffy Hristova

Hi Kat Palmiotti , primarily birds can reach it and eat it. If the fruit are low enough some of the other ceratures like rabbits and squirrels might try it, but I have to admit I have never seen an animal eat the prickly pears. 😀

Jul 07, 2021 08:18 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have had prickly pear and it tastes good but I have never picked one off directly and eaten it, have you?

Jul 07, 2021 05:22 AM
Steffy Hristova

Brian England , I never carry the gloves with which to pick them, or the fruit-pickers ... I just look at them from a distance. 😀

Jul 07, 2021 08:20 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Steffy - I have "known" about prickly pears but don't recall ever eating it and definitely don't remember ever choosing one from the garden.  As clumsy as I can be at times, I would likely remember.  

Jul 07, 2021 06:41 AM
Steffy Hristova

Hi Michael Jacobs , I agree, it can be a memorable event . 😀 I can see the prickly pear growing equally well in front yards and wild in open spaces in AZ. 

Jul 07, 2021 08:22 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Steffy Hristova showing how that is prepared could be a very interesting entry into this months challenge

Jul 07, 2021 07:35 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Rocky Dickerson , that would be a good project for me, too. I don't usually touch them, but I will check what my friend Peggy Sorensens has on her web-site - she is the expert on edible desert plants. https://desertkitchen.net/gallery😀

Jul 07, 2021 08:36 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat , those plants in the desert have such a defense system, always amaze me. I just watch them. 😀

Jul 07, 2021 08:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Steffy Hristova - Great post!  I am sure not many know about this. I first remember the Prickly Pear in CA but here in AZ,  you can get products and drinks everywhere.  

Jul 07, 2021 12:44 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® , it seems the prickly pear cactus grows well in Sedona area, too. When we drive from Phoenix towards Sedona we see how saguaros start disappearing after Black Canyon, and definitely none are visible after Camp Verde, but we can see the flat leaves of the prickly pear all the way. 

Jul 07, 2021 08:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting information. I would love to sample a prickly pear cactus dish.

 

Jul 08, 2021 07:07 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Roy Kelley , I think dishes are only locally served, Juices and ja,s may be easier ship. Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 09, 2021 07:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

For some reason I always suspected that they were eddible... now we wait for your next post to enter Rocky Dickerson  contest and we will all learn Endre

Jul 12, 2021 11:14 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. , this year is especially plentiful for the cactus - I have never seen so much fruit on them. I will have to enter that contest, I believe. And make a video of one of my friends, cooking from desert plants. 

Jul 13, 2021 06:13 AM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Hi Steffy Hristova I have never had a Prickly Pear either.  I have seen them in the local produce department here though.  My daughter and son inlaw live in Phoenix and I'm pretty sure they took me to dinner somewhere in Cave Creek on one of my trips to see them.  I also got to see the Saguaro cactus bloom when I was there last May.

Sep 25, 2021 01:43 PM