This is the lovely and delicious Cactus Apple, up close.
I found this fruit at My Favorite Farmer’s Market, at the Orchid Man’s truck & table. I was astounded at how good it was and surprised that I had never seen or tasted the fruit before. Orchid Man told me he grows them in his front yard . . . in Hermosa Beach. Then guess what? I started seeing them in front yards, side yards, on the side of the road on freeways . . . . in short, all over the place.
In fact, on January 1, 2014 as I was peeling down a hill on PCH on my first Century Ride I saw a giant collection of them. And I was hungry. So I stopped my bike and approached the bush. I saw an especially ripe and juicy looking one and grabbed it . . . . and in my naive impatience impaled my right hand with cactus apple needles. Turns out the one I had eaten days before at the market was meticulously de-needled. If you stick with my blog you will see that I do foolish things like this all the time and I am old enough now that I just laugh.
Anyhow, I wasn’t able to get as close as I would have liked to for a macro shot, but I think the photos are interesting and colorful. Happy Phonographing! The Delicious Cactus Apple