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2011/172: Prickly Pear (2)

11 responses

  1. doreen3boys


    21. June, 2011 at 14:01

  2. I sure miss seeing those blossoms! We made prickly pear jelly and it turned out to be fairly good although it was difficult to do.

    22. June, 2011 at 00:16

    • Thank you! I have a postcard (somewhere!) with a recipe for prickly pear jelly, but have yet to try and make it.

      22. June, 2011 at 05:47

  3. Becky Sue

    Well that answers whether or not it’s edible. lol Are these growing in your yard? What a pretty yellow flower.

    22. June, 2011 at 07:38

    • Thanks, Becky. You can make jelly out of the fruit (the part just under the flower) after it turns purple, and I used to see the “leaves” (see bottom of picture) in the produce department of the grocery stores. I’d have no idea what to do with them, though.
      And yes, we have a HUGE prickly pear in our backyard.

      23. June, 2011 at 05:18

  4. I was just going to ask if you knew if these were edible, as I thought I’d heard that somewhere, but the comments have already answered. Makes you wonder who decided to try eating something that doesn’t look overly friendly for touching!

    22. June, 2011 at 14:28

    • Prickly Pears are mean! You can’t see the spikes (or thorns, or whatever they’re called), but you can definitely feel them!
      Whoever decided to try and eat them, must have been really hungry! LOL

      23. June, 2011 at 05:22

  5. I have to tell you I’m in Michigan for the rest of the summer and out of the desert heat. My husband tells me it was about 114 in PHX today, which makes me happy not to have any prickly pear blossoms to photograph. I’m just going to click over and look at yours while I photography daisies and dalias. 🙂 Beautiful shot, by the way.

    22. June, 2011 at 22:51

    • Thanks, Lisa! These pictures are from a few weeks ago, they’re all done blooming now.
      114? Yuck! I think our hottest this year (so far!) was 104, and I’m just happy we’re back in the 90’s. Every little degree helps! 😉
      There’s a small chance that we will spend part of our vacation in Michigan this summer.

      23. June, 2011 at 05:25

  6. dalia

    sabra in hebrew, describes the jewish people, hard on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. 🙂

    25. June, 2011 at 17:52

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