Prickly-pear Cactus

Opuntia spp.

  • flesh of the plant is edible raw, after removing spines and inner seeds.

  • taste of plant is bland or sweet to sour.

  • flesh can be dried for storage.

  • berries are edible.

  • seeds can be dried for storage.

  • dried seeds can be ground into a flour.

  • varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Brittle prickly-pear cactus (Opuntia fragilis) and Plains prickly-pear cactus (Opuntia polyacantha).

  • grows in dry open areas in prairies and foothills.

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