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fish hook barrel cactus
Barrel cactus has spineless, edible yellow fruits around the top that resemble mini-pineapples with shiny black seeds inside that are a great nutritious delicious food source. Taste like kiwi-lemon. Flower buds and yellow flowers can also be eaten. The pulp of main barrel cactus can also be squeezed for an emergency drink of water, but contains oxalic acid which may cause diarrhea, nausea and cramping. Ones with red flowers are the most nauseating, yellow flowered ones are easier to stomach. If you are ever lost in the desert, Barrel cactus lean to the south to get the most sunlight. The can be your compass.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz