Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Prickly pear cacti / Opuntia

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Prickly pear cacti / Opuntia ... Prickly pears species are found in abundance in the West and Southwest of the United States and throughout much of Mexico. Prickly pears are also the only types of cactus natively found to grow in the eastern United States. Opuntia are the most cold-tolerant of the cacti, extending into northern Canada. The fruit of prickly pears, called "tuna", is edible. The fruit is a favourite in Sicilian cuisine, where it is called "ficurinnia" which is literally translated as "Indian fig".
Shot in Lincoln Park Conservatory ... in Sep, 2007.

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