Category Archives: Prickly Pear Cactus

Knock, Knock—Could it be Opportunity Knocking?

  Plans and actions are taking place all over the world to create farming and marketing opportunities with a plant that grows here in our fields and yards. Is our mystery sustainable crop right here under our feet? Is this … Continue reading

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A Most Valuable Fruit for Texas

When I came to live in Bastrop County, we drove around to see the area. I was amazed at the large fields of prickly pear cactus everywhere. A lady told me that she had a neighbor that had acres of … Continue reading

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Significance of the Prickly Pear Cactus

  For a long time, as he tells in his _Narrative_, Cabeza de Vaca was a kind of prisoner to coastal Indians of Texas. Annually, during the season when prickly pear apples (_tunas_, or Indian figs, as they are called … Continue reading

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