Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Loaded


This prickly pear cactus is simply loaded with fruit (or tuna's as they are called).  I wonder if anyone will harvest these beauties.

19 comments:

Karl said...

Beautiful these red fruits, nice capture!

brattcat said...

would you make jelly with them?

JM said...

What a feast for the eye! And I guess for some birds too. :-)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I have lived in Arizona for 29 years and never knew that prickly pear fruit is called tuna. But I don't pick, prepare or eat cactus tuna either.

Kathy said...

I'm wondering if they taste like tuna!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I have never seen anything like that before Sharon, how fascinating! and they are safe to eat? they look a little like chestnuts I think.

Kate said...

Isn't blogging wonderful? I immediately googled the prickly pear cactus and discovered some great information. I would love to taste the products made from these plants. Most interesting was the interest in them by the medical profession. Thanks for whetting my intellectual curiosity with your lovely photo.

Thérèse said...

Did not know either for "tuna" in Spanish I presume.
Nice collection here!

Randy said...

I love prickly pear jelly! That's the most I have ever seen on one cactus.

Sonya Heilmann said...

I love the look of those! My grandparents had them just outside their backyard fence, when they lived in El Paso, TX. Tunas always remind me of them.

tracy said...

That cactus must be liking the desert summer this year! At our previous home we had 3 large prickly pears. The mailman used to take the fruit home to his wife. To make jelly I suppose.

llandudnopictures said...

I've never seen anything like this cactus. What do the fruit taste like? Pears?

RedPat said...

I had no idea you could make things from them!

Jack said...

It is SO different out there . . .

Regina K said...

Well I am going to have to goggle these tuna;s and jelly to learn more too. Such a great find and photo.

Mo said...

Nopales are one of my favourite foods

Stephanie said...

This plant with all its tuna's (ya learn something new everyday) is so festive!

Hope you had fun in Flagstaff =)

Witness said...

Beautiful!

Magpie said...

A feast for the eyes as well as someone's tummy! It looks like it's dotted with hearts along the edges.