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Tree Description: The prickly pear cactus that ECHO propagates does NOT produce a pear. The plant can be allowed to grow into a large tree or you can keep it pruned back and small. The pads are spinless and edible.
Scientific Name: Opuntia spp
Origin: the Americas
Importance: The pads of this cactus species are a popular vegetable in Mexico. We found one of our plants was free or nearly so of glochids which we usually have available. Pads are cooked as a vegetable, or diced and added to salads. Very young pads do not have prickles, but tend to be mucilaginous. Look in Mexican cookbooks under ‘nopales’ for recipes