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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Our World-Indian Fig Cactus
Opuntia ficus indica, is called the Indian fig cactus, although it is not a native of India. You see them everywhere in the countryside now, profusely flowering in the hedges. The fruit of this cactus is edible. The cactus is very valuable to farmers in this time of drought, as it takes up very little water and makes a good guard against roaming cattle, and also makes good compost. The fruit of this cactus are used to make a liquer in Malta. The young pads are cooked and eaten as a vegetable in Mexico.
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