[Total: 0 Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote This is a HUGE Prickly Pear Cow’s Tongue Cactus… Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis, Cactus Family ( Cactaceae ), Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus. Also called Cow Tongue Prickly Pear or Lengua de vaca. Our favorite name sometimes used is “Lawyers Tongue!” Abundance: uncommon What: pads, flowers, fruit How: peeled pads can be pickled, fried, made into jerky; fruit can be raw or blended into a smoothy/icee drink; juice from strained fruit can be drunk, made into ice cream, mixed drinks, preserves. Where: sunny fields, landscaping When: fruit in fall, pads-all year though younger pads taste better. Nutritional Value: vitamin C, some minerals Dangers: burn or scrap off the tiny needles (glochids) before eating, 1% of population is allergic to cactus-based foods. Closely related to prickly pears, cow’s tongue cacti pads and fruit can be used in the same manner as other Opuntia species. The pads can be peeled then sliced and cooked like green beans though much slimier. The peeled pads can also be sprinkled with your favorite beef/venison jerky spices and then dehydrated into “vegan jerky”. The fruits are usually mashed, boiled, and then strained through a fine mesh such as cheesecloth to release their delicious juice. This juice can be drank straight, made into jelly or wine, or slightly sweetened (it’s already quite sweet) then boiled down to make a syrup. Before doing anything with the pads or fruit you must remove their tiny, almost invisible needles called glochids. Use a barbecue tongs to harvest the pads/fruit and then burn off the glochids with a torch or gas stovetop. This particular Opuntia was found native to a limited area in Bexar County, Texas. First described by Griffiths in 1908. The location was […]
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