The House will be hosting a nopal planting “party.” I have an abundance of edible cactus paddles and invite all interested parties to plant them in pots, or in their yards. The benefits of growing and eating cactus are myriad, but to name a few highlights:

  1. The paddles may be grilled, stir-fried, or boiled (and served as is, or in salads, salsas, tacos, etc.);
  2. The fruit may be eaten (carefully), made into jam, or used to make the celebrated “Prickley Pear Cactus Mead”;
  3. The cacti are rather cute when small, and totally impressive when large;
  4. This particular opuntia species grows like a tree from a single paddle. It is not invasive and does not spread;
  5. Though they will guzzle water if given the chance (as all cacti will), they are naturally drought resistant.

More information and photos later. I can provide the cactus and shovels, but I will need some help getting soil and pots. In the House-of-Yes, -Crangie, -Stackie, -ChezJess neighborhood, we can even have a walkabout to each residence to plant in the yard. Otherwise, we can pot cacti in the driveway here.







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