All posts tagged: cacti

Cacti Sales Pop Up

Love hurts. But we do love the little green in our kitchen and apartments. Some time ago, I wrote about some elaborate new indoor farming system that is conquering the world. Yet, let’s face it – most of us are damn lazy gardeners – not even speaking about farming. Thanks Good, there are plants out there that do not mind our unreliability: cacti! In fact, a cactus – a little green cactus – can be your best friend. Friendly, with some edgy shapes that scream out to the world: ‘I’ve got character’, it is there in your kitchen sparkling in all its green glory! At Bitte Coffeehouse & süße griechische Kleinigkeiten in Berlin  you will find a place where cacti are very much appreciated. Knowing that – concerning cacti – all that is missing for someone to get one is the right stimulus, they are hosting this Saturday a Pop-up Store for cacti and suculents! In fact, they are advertising that this will be the place where you can really get the weirdest cacti with …

Cactus Fruit: Opuntia or Prickly Pear

If in my last post, I wrote about a mild tasting fruit, this one is jammed packed with flavor. The opuntia or, colloquially known as the prickly pear, comes from a more flattened cactus with each ‘branch’ looking like a prickly balloon, with the fruit growing out like fingers. Various species can found across the Americas (especially Mexico), Mediterranean, Africa and Australia. I have never tried picking wild ones, and I wouldn’t recommend to unless you have the tools (minimally very thick gloves) and some mad skills. I leave the picking of the fruit to the professionals who are able to remove the prickly bits. Even when they are removed… there are sometimes tiny ones that feel like a splinter. Once you remove the outer skin, the red, sweet and very seed filled flesh is heaven. The fruit can be consumed as is, though it is sometimes used in jams/jellies, alcohol and candies. It is also used as a traditional dye, which is not surprising considering the stained t-shirt I have from one careless encounter. They …