Monday, July 23, 2012
Monday's Country Back Roads
When I think of cactus, I usually imagine a desert setting.
From time to time, I see Prickly Pear Cactus growing, as a native plant, along the back roads to the farm.
Can you see one of the ripen fruits that has turned red?
I have never picked any of the fruit....and, after learning it is necessary to wear leather gloves to scrub off the spines, I think I will continue to buy my Prickly Pear Jelly in the store!
Another good thing about my up-coming move is that I will still be driving these same back roads. The difference is, at the end of the day, My Truck will be parked in a different driveway......
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Oh that was a big cactus. Have a nice day.ReplyDelete
Hi Elna....yes, it is quite large. As you can see, it is almost as tall as the fence post.Delete
How beautiful is that?! We had a house cactus when I was a child...it was huge . Dad always called it Fred.ReplyDelete
Well, this "Fred" has some nasty cactus spines that really hurt when they prick the skin. They are beautiful plants!Delete
I was shocked to see prickly pear cactus growing wild along I-90 in Wisconsin!ReplyDelete
Hello Ms Sparrow....I read about that fact when I was researching prickly pears. They are also found throughout southern New England.Delete
wow that was a treat to see....ReplyDelete
And a treat to eat if you are willing to put on the leather gloves and fight with the spines!Delete
A pretty cactus and scene!ReplyDelete
It took a photograph for me to realize how beautiful they can be!Delete
I have just been reading the recipe for prickly pear jelly - I think I would want danger money to make that! Does it taste really wonderful?ReplyDelete
Some think it taste like watermelon, while others think it is more like raspberries. As I said, I think I will continue to buy mine already in a jar!Delete
I have never tried a prickly pear, but if it tastes something like watermelon or raspberries, I'm going to have to challenge myself to try one soon.Delete
Lovely scenery and thank goodness you still get to see it everyday when you move.Its stunning Meggie, I cant believe you have cacti growing outdoors over there!!ReplyDelete
That is a beautiful shot...never heard of prickly pear jelly.ReplyDelete
Prickly Pear is huge in Malta, where my husband is from, but being Malta they make an alcoholic drink from it....never tried it but it is pink so it must be good :o) xReplyDelete
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