Also known as the prickly pear cactus, it produces a purple fruit (called the tuna) on top of the green paddles. When the spines are removed from the nopalea, this plant is entirely edible. Slice the paddles and bread them with cornmeal and fry them. They can also be pickled. The juice of the purple tuna can be rendered and made into delicous jelly, juice, I've even made popsicles. Very delicious! This juice is known for it numerous health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, promotes pain relief, contains antioxidants, guards against premature aging, is a detoxifier, and aids with respiratory problems. A very beneficial plant! My neighbor allows me to go into his pasture where they are numerous, and pick to my hearts content each year.