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Can you eat spineless prickly pear?

Those growing Ellisiana prickly pears should note that three parts of the cactus are edible. You can eat the cactus pad as a vegetable, add blossom petals to salads and eat the fruit like any other fruit.

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Then, are all prickly pear edible?

All prickly pears (cacti in the genus opuntia) are edible, though you may find that many varieties are not as tasty, have more spines or seeds than the prickly pears and cactus pads you can find in stores.

Secondly, are there any poisonous prickly pears? Disguised in fuzzy-looking patches, the glochids appear harmless. However, they come off the pad easily and once they've gotten into a person's skin, they can be difficult to remove and cause irritation for days. The pads and fruit of the prickly pear cactus are edible.

Simply so, is spineless cactus edible?

Spineless Opuntia to Combat Desertification “This spineless, edible cactus is a very interesting plant for smallholder farmers in the drylands. Easy to grow from vegetative paddles, growing with a minimum of water in dry areas. A nice food crop (paddles, fruits) and fodder plant for livestock.”

Are prickly pears good for you?

It might be too early to call prickly pear cactus a superfood, but it can be part of a healthy diet. It's high in fiber, antioxidants and carotenoids. Indeed, prickly pear cactus is popular in many areas of the world, particularly Latin America, where it is a native plant.

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