Common Name: Tuna
Tuna is a spiny, succulent, evergreen, shrubby cactus with spreading branches growing about 1 metre tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and young stems, which are eaten locally. The plant is also sometimes cultivated[
Species in this genus generally have numerous minutely barbed glochids (hairs) that are easily dislodged when the plant is touched and they then become stuck to the skin where they are difficult to see and remove. They can cause considerable discomfort[
Caribbean - Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica.
Rocky or sandy waste places, gullies and scrubby thickets at elevations from sea level to 120 metres in Jamaica[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
Fruit - raw[
]. Sweet and juicy, it is delicious to eat out of hand and can also be used to make ices, jams, jellies, cakes, sauces etc[
]. The half-ripe fruit, when dried, has the flavour of green dried apples[
]. The red, obovoid fruit is about 3cm long[
The tender young stems are boiled and then used as a substitute for string beans in soups, stews, casseroles etc[
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