Cactus Apples

Today’s Foto Fix was taken outside the walls of San Juan Capistrano Mission. The apples on that prickly cactus can be eaten. In fact, I remember enjoying the cactus candy we used to buy on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles when I was young(er). Each time in recent years that I’ve visited Olvera Street, no cactus candy was to be found. I’m not sure the reason, but I would like to taste it again. ~SueBee (photo by SueBee)Cactus ApplesA website I found states: “The juicy, mildly sweet fruits, known as “tunas”, are edible if the spiny glochids are removed or burned off. The fruits are used to make juice, syrup, and cactus candy. The pads are also edible if the spines and glochids are removed. Do not eat the fruit or pads unless all the glochids are removed. The glochids can become embedded in your tongue, where they are difficult to remove and can cause pain and infection.”

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4 Comments on “Cactus Apples”

  1. Dec 18, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Our Desert Tortoises just love them…

  2. Dec 13, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Gorgeous picture! I had no idea you can eat them. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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