One of the really fun parts of living in Southern California is the strange tropical fruits you can grow. I recently planted a banana tree and a mango tree. We will see how they do.
Having bought a house with over an acre that had belonged to an avid organic gardener for some 40 years I am occasionally surprised by a new plant or fruit popping up.
There is a cactus garden well off to one side that I had paid very little attention to until the other day when I noticed these big round pinkish red fruits on a tall cactus. Somewhat like a dragon fruit but no pointy things. So I took some pictures and sent them off to a friend in the local chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers.
Oddly enough at the meeting I missed (yes I am a member and love it) someone else had asked the same question.
The answer is that this is a Peruvian Apple Cactus, Cereus repandus. So I immediately googled it and found the wikepedia article and a utube video both of which assured me it was edible.
So I had to try this gorgeous fruit and it was quite delicious.
The texture is a bit like sherbert with large granules of sea salt in it and the flavor is sweet, refreshing and a bit like a kiwi. Not an intense flavor but very pleasant. You do not eat the skin which is very tough. You cut it in half and eat it with a spoon.