Friday, September 19, 2008

Prickly Pears

Doesn't look very inviting, does it? But, actually, it is a delicious fruit called the "fico d'India" in Italian, which translates literally as an "Indian fig." You want to be *very* careful when you harvest them since they are covered with tiny needle-sharp thorns that just love to work their way under your skin and drive you crazy! To pick them, you need a pair of very thick gloves or a special tool with a long handle and sort of metal tube at the end...or both!

For a description of how to gather and prepare prickly pears, take a look at this link. It's in Italian, but the photos are self-explanatory.

On a side note, my younger son was with me when I took this shot and he warned me, "Be careful, mommy, don't get too close, these plants *shoot* their thorns at you!" At which I scoffed, "I don't think so!" But, who's got a painful thorn stuck in her forefinger as she types? The mysteries of nature and children! ;-)


DeniseinVA said...

I think this is one of those cases when we can learn from our children :) Great photo, in fact all the photos on your blog are wonderful and I have thoroughly enjoyed them.

Jane Hards Photography said...

Takes me staright back to the Jungle Book. " We certainly don't get these hee.

Kris McCracken said...

These aren't too popular here in Australia. Introduced as a species, they took over half of Queensland!

George Townboy said...

Kids know everything. Beautiful shot!