Cactaceae Opuntia polyacantha Haw.
Thompson - Food, Unspecified
Use documented by:
Turner, Nancy J., Laurence C. Thompson and M. Terry Thompson et al., 1990, Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia, Victoria. Royal British Columbia Museum, page 194
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Scientific name: Opuntia polyacantha Haw.
USDA symbol: OPPOP (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Plains Pricklypear
Family (APG): Cactaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Unspecified
Notes: Stems steam cooked in pits, the outer, spiny skin peeled off and the insides used for food. The stems could also be baked in hot coals until the spines were singed off and then squeezed until the fleshy centers popped out. The inside part was eaten and considered quite tasty. In recent years, some people mixed cactus stems with fruit cakes, but traditionally, it was eaten with northern black currants or other types of berries.
RECRD: 32636 id: 24782