Monday, May 4, 2009

"Stumbling Upon..."


...some golden Barrel Cactus fruit...
(click on images to enlarge)
found on the grounds of the Westward Look Resort
(...advertised as the "Soul of the Southwest"...)
where we stayed
during our delightful getaway in Tucson
a couple of weeks ago.
The brown tops are actually the dried cactus flowers
of the plant.
These pots of gold popped right out at us...not difficult to spot at all!
Don't these little fruity gems remind you
of tiny pineapples?
Now, according to Wikipedia:
"The flowers are pollinated by cactus bees.
Mule deer, birds, and javelina eat the fruit.
The birds especially like the seeds.
The people of the Sonoran desert use the fruit for candy and jelly.
The Seri eat the flowers and the O'odham use the fruit,
which is sour, as emergency food.
Tradition says that the barrel cactus
is a source of water for people lost without water in the desert.
There are records
of the southwestern Native Americans using it for that purpose,
but the water contains oxalic acid
and is likely
to cause diarrhea if ingested on an empty stomach."
(Ewww...okay...
Waaaay too much information...)

Here's hoping that you
"stumble upon" something wonderful this Cactus Monday ! :)

"Don't miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow
looking for that pot of gold."
~Author unknown

12 comments:

soulbrush said...

they look exactly like south african prickly pears. very very pretty. hcm fellow cactuteer.hope your tummy's okay after your night out.
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Caroline said...

Yes, I thought immediately of pineapples! Lovely photos. Amazing plants - good for everything it would seem!

Teri C said...

Hey, great stumble!! Seems like I have seen these before lol

Hope you are feeling mucho better!!

HCM

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am stumbling right through all the CM posts. I don't want to miss any of them. Especially this golden hue.HCM.

Diane C. said...

Those little fruit sure do look festive and I love the color, but I wouldn't want to eat them ;)

marianne said...

Wonderful yellow treasures!
HCM!

PAK ART said...

They do look like a whole bunch of baby pineapples. They look like they should taste good too!

Julie said...

WOW, Margaret...I have never seen these fruits before on a barrel cactus! How neat! I posted a little drink to make with them tonight, on my blog! Happy CM!!!

messyfish said...

HCM! They look yummy, but oxalic acid? NO thanks!

studio lolo said...

Cactus Monday has made me have an appreciation of this prickly family. There really is so much beauty in them. Great photos! HCM :)

yoon see said...

Lovely blooms with lovely colours!
Orange and blue are very good choices to start and you have finished them with great joy.
Loving them:)

yoon see said...

Sorry, this is for the above post Art Au Natural.
Happy Belated Cactus Monday!

The Barrel Cactus is a cool beauty with all these lovely yellow blooms to cheer the day:)