We've been asked
to offer some more this year
Prickly Pear Cactus
Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis
ONE LOT = ONE POUND PADS SHIPPING WEIGHT
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All the cactus and seeds
offered on these pages
are 'HOME GROWN' from cactus on my property
here in SW Arizona and NOT desert harvested.
YOU WILL RECEIVE
6-8" PAD CUTTINGS PER LOT
1 POUND SHIP WEIGHT - THAT'S A LOTA CACTUS!
Pads are about 6-8"!
common sight in Arizona gardens is the Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear. Folks like
this cactus because of the unusual shape of the pads, which strongly resemble
a cow's tongue. It takes little water, and has yellow or orange flowers in the
spring that form along the margins of the pads, followed by numerous red
The cultivating of these cactus
requires only that it be planted and left to grow on it's own, no fertilizer,
no watering, nada, nothing. Best grown on land useless for growing corn and
other Cattle feed stock. After a year or two, the pads are ready to eat and
the fruit is ready to harvest if so desired. After each feeding the cactus is
left to grow another meal which happens quite quickly in the desert lands of
Prickly Pear Cactus is known for
its ability to lower blood sugar levels, helping with diabetes. Prickly Pear
Cactus is believed to lower blood glucose levels, partly due to its coating of
the gastrointestinal tract.
Also is used as a hangover
Prickly Pear Cactus is also good
for the digestive system, loaded with Vitamins B1 and B6 and Calcium.
When handling prickly pear-use
tongs! They are 'spineless' but do have small furry spines that can drive you
nuts... if cooking run them over an open flame on stove first, This burns off
the fine spines. Or peel like a potato... but why waste them!
To root cuttings bury about half
the pad sections in soil or just lay flat on the ground and sprinkle a
little soil on top and sides leaving one face exposed. Or cut pad in 3-4"
pieces and root cut-sides up for multiple plants.
Water cuttings once a week in dry
areas and let dry out completely for the first few months between waterings.
After the first summer, cacti should survive on rainfall. Water during
prolonged droughts to promote plant growth.
Prickly Pear Cactus is said to be
effective if taken prior to drinking alcohol in preventing hangover. Prickly
Pear Cactus is said to be effective in treating gastrointestinal infections,
strengthening the tissues of the digestive tract, and in lowering cholesterol.
Juice or split pad section also
useful topically in the healing of minor scrapes and burns.... also seems to
work getting the furry stickers out too! Used similar to agave.
The fruit is used to produce
preserves, jelly, pies, candy, syrup, sorbet, drinks, and wine....
The pads are used in many recipes
and sold in stores out here as Nopalitos. The fruits (pears) are known as
Search 'Luther Burbank nopal' you
will be amazed how many uses Burbank found for this cacti from hypoglycemia to
mosquito control! Amazing BIG cacti!
Prickly Pear Fruit is also known as
Fico'dinnia in Italy, the cactus grows wild and cultivated to heights of
12-16'. The fruits flower in three distinct colors, White, Yellow and Red.
They first appear in early May through the early summer and ripen from August
through October. The fruits, eaten, minus the thick outer skin, after chilling
in a refrigerator for a few hours. They have a taste similar to a juicy extra
sweet water melon, very refreshing on a hot summer or fall day. The bright
red/purple, or white/yellowish flesh contains many tiny hard seeds that are
usually swallowed, but should be avoided by those who have GI problems with
Jams and jellies are produced from the fruit, which resemble strawberries and
figs in color and flavor.
In the center of Sicily, in the Provence of "Enna", in a small village named "Gagliano
Castelferrata", a Prickly Pear flavored liqueur is produced called "Ficodi",
flavored somwhat like a medicinal/apertif.
In the early 1900's, in the United States the Prickly Pear fruit was imported
from Sicily and other Mediterranean producing countries to satisfy the growing
population of immigrants arriving from Italy (Sicily) and Greece. The fruit
lost it's popularity during the mid 1950's and has become increasing in
popularity recently in the late 1990's until today, due to the influx of
Mexican immigrants, because it was and is their favorite fruit.
Recently the Cattle industry of the Southwest United States has begun to
cultivate Opuntia ficus-indica as a fresh source of feed for Cattle. The
Cactus is grown both as a feed source and a boundary fence. Cattle avoid the
sharp spines of the Cactus and do not stray from an enclosed area of Opuntia
ficus-indica. The nutrition available in the cactus pads, which is what the
Cows feed on, far surpasses that found in corn and other Cattle feed. In
addition to the food value there is the moisture content that virtually
eliminates watering the Cattle and the human effort in achieving that chore.
Mexican and other southwestern residents eat the young Cactus Pads, (Nopales)
usually picked before the spines harden. They are sliced into strips skined or
unskined, and fried with eggs & jalape?os, served as a breakfast treat. They
have a texture and flavor like string beans.
Also, the cladodes are eaten as nopales. Other uses include as an ingredient
in adobe (to bind and waterproof clays).
The plant spread to many parts of the Americas in pre-Columbian times, and
since Columbus, have spread to many parts of the world, especially the
Mediterranean where they have become naturalized (and in fact were believed to
be native by many). This spread was facilitated by the carrying of nopales on
ships to prevent scurvy.
There's no end to uses. See a great
site for recipes http://www.produceoasis.com/Items_folder/Fruits/PricklyPear.html
many more just search "Prickly Pear Recipes" on net.
NO LIMPY PADS!
WE DO YOU
INQUIRE FOR MULTIPLT LOT AVAILABILITY
WE DON'T PLAY GAMES SHIPPING
THESE CUTTINGS OFFERED HERE ARE PADS FROM
A GIANT 6 FOOT TALL - 10 FOOT WIDE 'GREAT GRANDMA' OF PRICKLY PEARS
JELLY (AND A BIT OF HOOTCH TOO!)
PRICKLY PEAR WINE!
LOOKS LIKE MORE THIS YEAR!
WE ARE WAY
OUT HERE IN DESERT AND USPS PRIORITY IS BEST OPTION FOR SHIPPING. IF I HAVE TO
HUNT PARCEL POST PACKAGING, WAIT AROUND PO FOR WEIGHT VERIFICATION AND ADDED
EXPENSES FOR PARCEL POST, COSTS WOULD BE ABOUT THE SAME AS PRIORITY AND PACKAGE
WOULD BE SITTING AROUND USPS 4-7 DAYS LONGER.
WE DON'T SCRIMP IN PACKING THE BOX!
IF WEIGHT IS A LITTLE LIGHT OF NEXT POUND SHIPPING WEIGHT
WE ADD ANOTHER SMALL CACTI AS GIFT AFTER ALL YOU ARE PAYING USPS BY POUND AND WE
HAVE LOTS OF SMALL CACTI JUST WAITING FOR NEW HOMES.
GUARANTEED TO GROW
THIS IS A FOOLPROOF CACTUS AS LONG AS YOU DON'T
DROWN IT OR FREEZE IT!
I HAVE HAD THESE PADS
AND STALKS JUST LAYING ON GROUND FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND SPROUT 1/2" 'AIR
ROOTS' IN THE DESERT....
COVER THEM WITH DIRT AND THE GO LIKE HECK.
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 5?F (-15?C), generally loses its leaves around 25?F
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
2-4 PADS = 1- POUND - $5.70
Buy 3 LOTS AND GET FOURTH FREE!
SHIPPING JUST $10 ON MORE THAN 3 LOTS!
Mid Summer Blooming
Drought-tolerant - Suitable for Xeriscape
Infrequent deep watering, little water, good drainage. Deep once a month during
heat of summer to increase flowering.
MORE INFO AT SEE www.DESERTUSA.COM or www.DAVESGARDEN.COM GREAT SITE FOR SW
See from photos these
were good & plump and wild bee/insect pollinated.. Photos of bees on photo
Seeds offered are from tree shown in photos.
SEE MY OTHER PAGES FOR OTHER CACTI AND OTHER DESERT ITEMS
NO TELLING WHAT ELSE IS IN THIS LOT!
YOU ALWAYS GET LUCKY & RECEIVE A DESERT BONUS
WITH EVERY WUFSTUFF PURCHASE!
THE STUFF AWAY!
Locals know me as Lubo Loco! (Crazy Wuf) out here in the desert....
and they're partially right!... lol
COMBINED SHIPPING - NO PROBLEM!
ALL SHIPMENTS INCLUDE DELIVERY CONFIRMATION
WE DON'T WHACK YA ON THE SHIPPING! I'D RATHER YOU SPEND YOU HARD EARNED $ ON
CACTUS THAN POSTAGE
YOU CAN'T GO WRONG AT THIS PRICE!
LIKE BUYING WHOLESALE!
Additional photos of these cacti
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