Cactus: it’s what’s for dinner

I just got back from spending a few days at the Canyon of the Eagles resort, near Burnet, Texas. It’s remote and relaxing and quite enjoyable. It’s been there since 1999, which means that the buildings were far too nice for my photographer’s eye to be interested. Instead, I broke out my rarely-used macro lens and took some close looks at the plants. It’s quite a change, but not likely a permanent one.

Today’s post, the first in the short botanical series, is of the top edge of a prickly pear cactus. The pair of circular shapes at the top are part of the same plant; I’ve most often heard them called “tunas,” but in English they are also called “prickly pears” or “pears.” In spite of how this plant looks, it’s edible. The pads, also called “nopales,” can be cooked (after the spines are gone, of course) and added to salads or other dishes. The tunas can also be cooked, though the recipe says to “Get them when they are bright purple and look like rat food.” which doesn’t make it sound all that much like dinner.

Also, note that the writer of the recipe assumed his/her readers would know what rat food looks like, which is sort of…interesting.

(If you want to whip up a cactus-y dinner, the recipes are here.)

Canyon of the Eagles Resort
Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.28.2014

Posted on December 2, 2014, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Mmmmmm! Yum! But I had cactus for lunch.


  2. Close enough – good to see the return of “fruit” to this blog. 🙂


  3. Not only do they assume that people know what rat food looks like, but they assume people know what tunas are as well. I thought I knew, but I don’t see any small round flattish tin cans in this picture anywhere.


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