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Barrel Cactus Fruit Dragon Fruit Prickly Pear Fruit Peruvian Apple

How to Harvest: Use How to Harvest:


How to Harvest: Ready to tongs and thick gardening Carefully twist off the
harvest when fruit is soft gloves to protect from the cactus. Ready to harvest
How to Harvest: Fruit can and reddish-pink on the glochids (small spines) on when firm and bright red
be easily twisted off the outside. Can be carefully the fruit! Gently twist off. color; will sometimes split
barrel cactus. Beware of twisted off the cactus. Use an open flame to when ripe.
the curved spines! burn off glochids; cut off
Uses: Can be eaten raw, as Uses: Can be eaten raw,
Uses: Fruit and seeds can a juice, and cooked. the skin for safe handling. as a juice, and cooked.
be eaten raw or cooked. Uses: Can be eaten raw,
Benefits: Low in calories, Benefits: High in Vitamin
Benefits: Rich in Vitamin high in Vitamin C, as a juice, and cooked. C, phosphorous, calcium,
A and C. May lower blood phosphorous, calcium, Also made into soaps and fiber, and antioxidants.
cholesterol. fiber, and antioxidants. other products

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When to Harvest: When to Harvest: Benefits: Helps keep When to Harvest:
Typically, late November Typically July through blood sugar stable. Typically from August to
to March when the fruit August and sometimes up September.
has turned from green to to December, depending When to Harvest:
Typically from July to Also Called: Hedge cactus,
yellow. However, the fruit on the weather.
September when the fruit giant club cactus, night
can remain on the cactus
Also Called: Pataya, is purple or red. blooming cereus
yearlong.
pitahaya
Also Called: Fishhook Also Called: Cactus fruit,
barrel cactus, candy barrel tunas (Spanish), nopalito
cactus, compass barrel (Spanish)
cactus, biznaga de agua,
Simil (Seri), Chiávul
(O’Odham)