Cactus Eggs

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Appears in
I Hear America Cooking

By Betty Fussell

Published 1986

  • About

Nondesert tribes may not know that cacti have many edible parts once the eater has outmaneuvered the prickly spines. There are buds, blossoms, and fruits to turn into juice, jelly, and preserves. There are also seeds and sometimes pads, when the cactus grows by disk-like joints instead of stalks. Almost everything about the prickly pear cactus is edible, from its purplish fruits called, confusingly, “tunas,” to its prickly pads, or nopales.

I find the pads more interesting th