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The Opuntia cactus, also known as the 'prickly pear', is very common on La Palma. The main varieties are found along the roadside and produce yellow or orange flowers followed by red(ish) edible fruit. They are commonly collected, the spines brushed off and then placed in the fridge to cool down. When eaten in this way they are refreshing and juicy. They contain quite a number of pips.
The 'leaves' of the opuntia are sometimes used to feed goats.
There are a large number of other varieties of Opuntia which have more (of less) prickles, smaller leaves and smaller flowers and fruit.
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services Deze schijfcactussen groeien overal en geven gele, rode of oranje bloemen gevolgd door zalig fruit.
Een cactus vol vruchten in de avondzon.
 
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services Bloeiende opuntia cactus.
 
Plaats: Las Tricias
Datum: 2000
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Some people just cannot resist
 
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A Variety of Opuntia with yellow-orange coloured fruit.
 
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A Variety of Opuntia with very small spines and an abundance of fine sharp 'hairs' around the spines. The hairs may seem harmless but they are sharp and get everywhere.
 
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Young cactus fruit. The flower has fallen off the end and they are now waiting to ripen in the sun.
 
 
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