Here is a picture of the stuff that fell on that bulb below the one that burst open.... Can you see what I mean about it looking like Spaghetti? See that l-o-n-g stringy looking piece that goes on forever? Well, that is all mixed in with the seeds..but the Spaghetti stuff is so fiborous it just doesn't chew up very well...but you certainly can get the 'good' sweet out of it....
Here is another picture of the inside of this fruit/seed pod after I had scooped out what I could.... This photo above is actually the next day and you can see that the interior 'flesh' is not quite as generous as it was the day before...and that is because it has started to dry out from being exposed to the air and the sun, etc...It lets me know that when I saw this first on the morning of Friday, September 8th, it must have just happened....(Thank You God...) And being exposed to the elements it has opened it up a bit more, too...
I just cannot get over the fantastic magical happenings of nature....the unexpected...the beauty of things never seen before...the look, and the taste....Amazing, Amazing.
And lest we forget where this all started back in late January...here is a picture of the 'buttons' that hold all the dna or whatever, of the flowers, and the fruit and the seeds.... And seeing all this from a slightly different angle.....George...well, the top of George, and those three Seed/ Pod Fruit Thingys, now, in September.... And here below....on this Friday, September 8th....around 5:45pm in the Afternoon...(as Lorca said...only he actually said, 'At Five In The Afternoon') Here is the fruit/seed pod....the flesh, dryer than it was....having dried up and shrunk in the heat and breeze of the day and now, here in the early evening....this fruit is no longer viable..I think the seeds still are viable....well, I guess I will find out..... And, last but not least, here is George...at least a head taller than me...And I am 5' 4".....(well I use to be....lol) so George is over 6 feet tall...and he is listing! (Oh Dear!) But the point is, here is dear George, once again.... I do dearly love all my plants...And yes, George has a special place in my heart....George and I have been through a lot in the last more than 20 years....And I hope and pray we get to go through a lot more!
And just below is all the wonderful spaghetti-seeds which I scooped out---and this time nothing spilled.... I'm not going to eat any of this....cause I cannot chew the seeds or the spaghetti like pulp....but, I am going to let the pulp dry and take the seeds and save them with the seeds from the first fruit bulb and then when the third and final bulb bursts open.....save those seeds, too...and carefully plant them all in a pot and keep them warm and hope they 'do-their-thing'.....
Hope is a thing called 'seeds'......
More To Come....
As much as I love learing about your plants, that stuff looks...well...nasty! If you didn't tell us what it was and just had us guess, I'm sure you would get all kinds of strange answers! George is pretty amazing, though. And big!
Hope is, indeed, a thing called seeds! HOWEVER. I don't think I could eat that stuff. It looks just way too.....um...hmmmm...strange/weird/nasty/gross/sexual/blech for me. =) You are a brave soul. I'll take your word for it on how sweet it was, and I'll stick to ice cream. =)
That is the strangest looking thing! You always have the most interesting photos. :)
That's really cool!!!
I didn't know you could eat cactus fruit. :)
I might try it, if I could get past the texture.
Wow! I feel like I flew over on the Star Trek Enterprise to another planet entirely! What a cactus education!
How cool! Thanks for taking us on a journey with George!
Yay George! Those are great photographs, like nothing I've ever seen before. So much fun!
You know I don't think I've ever actually taken the time to look inside the fruit or seed pods on our cactus. So thanks for sharing that! I think I will have to check them out next time they're around. :)
Hope in the seed, indeed! And my poor little ivy blooms will drop their seed on wooden decking - never to bloom again. How sad is that?
The open pod reminds me of monsters I used to dream about as a child.....LOL
What an absolute STUNNER your George is... i bet he makes the prickles on the neighbouring cacti's necks really stand on end when they see him!! :D
And those seeds - look so facinating - looking at them makes me think of a different sort of seeds - in a more zoomed in state - haha - i'll get my head out the gutter now!!!
As always luvvie, its been a pleasure! I'll check out your George anytime :D
well.. i guess i'm not too old to learn something new! I've got to admit I've never seen those pods or what's in them, nor known that they can be eaten! (for the brave that is lol) Your plants sure are amazing!
I never thought a cactus could produce edible things. Thanks for sharing it.
They are truly amazing plants. Happy Wednesday!
Isn't it marvellous to think that george grew from one of those tiny seeds! It must have taken a long time to get that big. George makes my cacti seem very small indeed. How old is George?
As ever, your photos are lovely :0)
How fascinating!!! I had no idea you could eat the 'fruit' inside, either.
You really know your catcti, I love reading about all the different plants you have. I actually just realised the other day that we have a huge old cactus in our garden, although I really don't know anything about it. I might post a pic of in the next week or so (if I remember!!).
Thanks again for a great post!!!
George is such a cutie pie. With a couple of arms and a few less spines he could be a girl's dream. And the seeds? Sometimes saving seeds and planting them will surprise you.
BTW, are the fruits of cactus usually edible?
Those pictures were really interesting. When I am in Arizona, the cactus (prickly pear, saguaro and barrel) do that but I never once thought of trying to eat one (but it will be in my mind next chance). I know the Tohono O'odham gather and eat them and have seen them out with their long sticks. I 'think' on public lands in Arizona they are the only ones permitted from the saguaro.
That's amazing, Naomi!
Love all photos! George is really wonderful! Which is the scientific name of Geoge?
No way would you get me to eat that.
You are a brave sole.
I commend you on your bravery.
Have a wonderful day!
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Ok, I have to be honest.
The first guy who looked at that kind of 'fruit' and thought, hmmm, that might taste good had a screw loose.
I mean, he may have been right, but what possesses someone to try it in the first place?!
And maybe even a tad bit gruesome. lol
I've never seen anything like it, that's for sure.
Wonderful unique George.
May all plants be as appreciated and wanted.
I learn so much about plants from you! Wow! George is one awesome plant!
I think George's fruit looks well-deserving of a taste.
When I lived in AZ I always intended to make Prickley Pear jelly, but never got around to it. Know you can buy it ready made, but have never even tasted it. Most people don't realize the wonders in the fruits of the cacti.
Wow! Very cool! I've never seen anything like it. My husband is into cacti and has a couple small ones.
Well, when I read the title I got tickled Naomi!! Somehow, "the fruit of george" just struck me as funny!
That is so amazing. It looks like his mouth just opened and he isn't saying "feed me" because his mouth is already full of the seeds and the spaghetti stuff. It's like he's saying "here, have some!"
I really appreciate you taking these photos as George has progressed with the seasons. It is a very learning experience and just another one of nature's wonders. I hope some of the seeds will grow. I'd save them and try too!! Thanks for another great post Naomi!!
Now that is a face only a mother could love!
I would love to see George in person but some of those pictures look like live aliens!
Fun interesting post Naomi!
Go George, I am just about to send you some pics of US with George, the ones Mark took with my camera actually came out great.
Check soon ok :)
Nine months in the making, huh? Very neat!
It doesn't look very tasty to me at all!
It certainly is amazing though.
Now that I've been thinking about this, aren't you worried about having eaten those seeds?
You could grow a George in your stomach. I mean, that's what they say about watermelons. :P
Hi Naomi and George :) Gosh hes a fascinating creature, or should I say she? Nine months growing its fruit sounds very femine :)
The fruit remind me of something I saw on tv, a chef from Nz was in China, its a delicacy but she couldnt get past the smell of it to try it! I cant remember its name.. hehe that was helpful wasnt it! Your very brave to eat it Naomi :)
I never realized it could be eaten.
How does it taste?
The spaghetti & seeds on the plate look like some expensive caviar dish. I don't think I'd eat it though, I'm just not brave that way. But 'ol George, I know he's brought you tons of joy & you love him to pieces. I'm glad he's healthy.
gosh some wonderful images of the wonderful area and plants around your home..
I bet you have such a great time in your yard....
Thanks so much for sharing your fascinating experience with 'George.' I love plants and very much enjoy seeing how they bloom and re-seed.
Wow this is the first for me to know that cactus fruit can be eaten. It does look similar to the soursop. I mean its flesh.
Today I learn something new - I never realized you could eat the fruit of a catcus. Best of luck growing son-of-George. I love your seed-to-hope analogy.
You are one brave lady! I don't think I would have tried to eat that stuff.
Poor George. Where is the love for him?
Poor George. Where is the love for him?
That is so fascinating! Being from Canada, we don't have cacti...some tiny ones on the dry prairies of the west in summer but nothing NOTHING like what you have there. I have never seen anything like this before...not pretty* by floral standards maybe but certainly beautiful by natures standards. Amazing how that thing just opens when ready.
Thanks for the education!
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what's worse than finding a worm in your freshly spooned cactus fruit?
half a worm !!!!
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