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The Prickly Pear is Called ‘Higo Xumbo’


You will not find a farm house in Mallorca that does not have its field of ‘Higos Xumbos’ cactuses in the back of the kitchen door. Traditionally, pigs were kept there because pigs do not seem to mind the thistles. But if manhandled carefully, the fruit of the prickly pear is also fit for human consumption. They are also known as ‘Sabra Fruit’ and belong to the Opuntia family.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken near the village of Son Mesquida, close to Felanitx. The date: May 15th, 2007. The time was 12:50:20.

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