Thursday, September 8, 2011
Too many fingers
The pads of a prickly pear cactus (nopals) sometimes remind me of hands and the fruit (tuna) as fingers. This one has way too many fingers! I count 14 tuna on this nopal. Maybe that's why it's hanging so close to the ground.
Many of you asked yesterday about the fruit and how it's eaten. It is mostly made into candy and jellies but, it can be used for other things too. I have a bottle of prickly pear syrup that I use to add sweetness to drinks or sauces. I can't really describe the taste other than a fruity sweetness. Rabbits, birds, and other small animals also love the fruit.