Tag: Opuntia ficus-indica

Prickly Pear Tunas

These tunas are the domesticated variety, Opuntia ficus_indica, that grow wild all over the San Diego County back country roads. The really red ones are […]

Gathering Prickly Pear Tunas / Fruits

Adam and Reid helping to gather the prolific prickly pear tunas from my neighbor’s road. A group of us are gathering tunas and juicing […]

prickly pear / tuna juice processing

I love this painting, El Tunero, or Prickly Pear Gatherer, by Fernando Castillo, 1937. Only a few of Castillo’s paintings survive in private collections. […]

Opuntia robusta / dinner plate prickly pear

Opuntia robusta. What a beautiful plant. These pads are monsters, thick and heavy, and the fruits really round and large. Luther Burbank, who cultivated […]

prickly pear tunas

It’s going to be another great year for prickly pear tunas in the North County San Diego back country. We’ll start harvesting them in […]