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My favorite harvest size for Nopales -- Prickly Pear Paddles.
New grown paddles, sweet and succulent.
Mine is the spineless prickly pear, Opuntia Indica.
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Comment by Dave Riley on August 10, 2020 at 9:22

For those who may be interested in growing prickly pear for the nopales, the trick is -- now that I've discovered it! -- to keep your plants short. By short, I mean waist high if you like.

It is the nature of the beast to grow paddles upon paddles -- so like green beans the more you harvest the more chance is there you'll get further nopales. This makes PP a very productive food plant that may suit you if you have limited growing space.

Of course, you'd want to allow for a few branches so that you have options, but there ids no need to let the plant take over for the sake of the paddle harvest.

'Why bother,' you may ask.

For taste and texture PPs are unique. Also nutritionally PP tick some special boxes.

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