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Saturday, August 3, 2019

August 3, 2019

Location: Melbourne, Hundred Acre Hollows

This is Eastern Prickly Pear
Although quite pointy, it's a good food source.
Parts of the plant can be used in drinks,
Desserts, candies, and even the main course.

Note: In addition to being edible by humans, Prickly Pear is also eaten by birds, bugs, mammals, and especially Gopher Tortoises. If you want to know more about what Gopher Tortoises like to eat, check out my video, Gopher Tortoise Friendly Plants at Hundred Acre Hollow

Sources: UF | IFAS Gardening Solutions - Prickly Pear

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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