Know about the Peruvian Apple Cactus

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Peruvian Apple Cactus Quick Facts
Name: Peruvian Apple Cactus
Scientific Name: Cereus repandus
Colors Blue-purple to orange-red
Flesh colors White
Taste Mild, sweet
Cereus repandus also known as Peruvian Apple Cactus is a large, erect and thorny columnar cactus which is found in South America. It is also known from other common names such as giant club cactus, cadushi, hedge cactus and kayush. It has tree like appearance with cylindrical, gray-green to blue stems which reaches 10 meters high and 10-20 cm in diameter. Flowers are large, cream colored and nocturnal opens for only one night. Fruits are thornless and vary in skin color from violet-red to yellow. Flesh is white which contains small, edible and crunchy seeds. The cactus grows in arid regions and fruits in dry seasons, fruit are a great food source for birds in native range. It grows to the height of 10 meters. Usually the plant has branches from near the ground having main stem which is 40 cm in diameter.

Culinary uses

Fruit is consumed raw as the flesh has mild and sweet flavor.

References:

https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=908214#null

https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Cereus+repandus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cereus_repandus

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