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LL

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PostSubject: For Mikem and regor   Fri May 15, 2009 7:32 pm

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kilted1
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Fri May 15, 2009 7:54 pm

OUCH affraid
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Fri May 15, 2009 8:14 pm

you can say thats going to leave a mark
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Fri May 15, 2009 10:34 pm

That hurts just looking at it!!!
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Fri May 15, 2009 10:50 pm

Wow, what was he thinking. I got one needle in me once from a Saguaro and wanted morphine. I can still remember trying to pull the barb out. This guy has my sympathy.
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 12:44 am

Mike & regor --

Most people have no idea what cholla is, but figured you guys probably had at least one run-in with it somewhere along the line, so would understand the significance of the pics.


Board --

That quad rider will spend many painful days in the hospital, and before the invention/discovery of antibiotics would almost certainly have died. The needles are barbed with a "one way fur" sort of surface, which besides making the needles impossible to pull out---they have to be cut out, one at a time---harbors all manner of nasty bacteria.

Southern AZ & Cali desert dwellers literally grow that stuff in their yards. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 9:01 am

LL wrote:
Southern AZ & Cali desert dwellers literally grow that stuff in their yards. Twisted Evil


Kinda like having a moat around the place. Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 11:57 am

Carlos wrote:
LL wrote:
Southern AZ & Cali desert dwellers literally grow that stuff in their yards. Twisted Evil


Kinda like having a moat around the place. Twisted Evil

It works sunny Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 4:22 pm

regor wrote:
Carlos wrote:
LL wrote:
Southern AZ & Cali desert dwellers literally grow that stuff in their yards. Twisted Evil


Kinda like having a moat around the place. Twisted Evil

It works sunny Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

I'm sure it's good for keeping stray cats out of the garbage.

Man that looks painful.
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 5:57 pm

We got briefed "big time" on this stuff during USAF Survival School. Both on how to avoid being stung by it and to use it as a survival tool. FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 6:00 pm

Dubbya wrote:

Man that looks painful.
The pain for that guy has barely even started. Because the majority of the needles break off, the docs have no way of knowing their location accurately enough to cut them out until after they become infected. Waiting until then is accepted post-cholla-encounter procedure, believe it or not. affraid

General info if you ever visit the Sonora or Mojave deserts: At rest stops, do not let your dog off its leash, and watch young kids like a hawk. Dogs not raised around cactus will chase small critters into it, and kids are so busy looking around at all the new sights they'll walk into it.
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 6:12 pm

ftrplt wrote:
We got briefed [on how to] use it as a survival tool.
You read that right, BoB'ers. Laughing Believe it or not, each Spring a cholla plant produces a large number of plum-sized pods that are not only edible, but considered a delicacy. Near Congress, AZ, there's even a large commercial farm that grows and harvests it like a vineyard.

Cactus is quite a fascinating plant (and surprisingly delicate). Cactus gardens are amazing:

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=%22desert+botanical+garden%22&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 6:28 pm

As anyone who has spent time in Texas knows, these grow everywhere.



Both the fruits and 'leaves' are edible. I like Nopales (the 'leaves') diced up fine and mixed into scrambled eggs or made into salsa usually with tomatillos or tomatoes, onion and green chilies.

Prickly Pear Sweets & Treats De-barbing the 'leaves' or fruits can be an adventure until you learn how, but the reward is well worth the effort.

Some recipe ideas: Prickly Pear Sweets & Treats

The Cholla Cactus looks like a great deal more trouble than its worth as a food source Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: For Mikem and regor   Sat May 16, 2009 11:37 pm

Prickly Pear Jelly........................uuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
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