Northern Bushcraft

Prickly-pear Cactus

  • 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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