Prickly Pear Cactus 15 Seeds – Opuntia ficus – FREE SHIPPING ON ADDITIONAL HIRTS SEEDS ORDERED AND PAID WITH ONE PAYMENT
The Prickly Pear is a cactus that can grow up to 15 feet in height, with fleshy stems in the form of paddles, covered in prickles which are in fact leaves reduced to a minimum in order to avoid loss of water. The fruit, which is very sweet, succulent, and good to eat, originates from spectacular, large flowers which appear at the beginning of summer. Grow in well drained rocky/sandy soil. Water thoroughly then let dry out for several weeks (outside in the ground or in large containers) before watering again. Hardy in Zones 8 to 10 but can be container grown for many years and brought indoors for the winter farther north. It makes an excellent house plant in a sunny window. ::Large Pads, used in Mexico as “nopales” or “nopalitos tiernos” for the young pads, “tunas” for the large yello-red fruits. ::Nopales make a very good salad. Cut the young tender pads “nopalitos tiernos” into strips (of course you will need to cut away the spines). Mix with chopped onions, chopped chives or green onions, chopped chils such as jalapeos or serranos, chopped garlic, oregano, and a little salt. Toss with a couple dashes of lime juice, a little olive oil and red wine vinegar and chill before serving.
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