Friday, June 10, 2011

Cactus Wine, anyone?

Macro Flower Saturday

The Opuntia lindheimeri, more commonly known as the prickly pear cactus, is a great choice for making a succulent cactus wine. This cactus grows in abundance in the American southwest and blooms a reddish purple fruit in fall, which gives off a sweet, watermelon-like essence when peeled. The fruit is what the wine is made from in a traditional--but uniquely western--wine-making process.


Maia said...

Interesting, I've never seen a cactus fruit before. The flowers are very beautiful and you took some great shots of the whole plant.
Have a great Sunday Ann!

Maia said...

I'm back. Could you please correct your backlink to the actual Macro Flowers Saturday blog. Your link points to my other blog, the old address where MFS started. Thanks.

Eden said...

Great photos. There is a prickly pear just across our road and it is very big now and I love its flowers

lina@home sweet home said...

Cactus wine? I've just known it!

The JR said...

hum, intersting Ann.

Carletta said...

Cactus wine - I'm not familiar with any but who knows. :)
Lovely flowers!