Just an FYI. . after pickly pears have bloomed (normally during the spring/or early summer depending on where you live), there is a red "bulb" on the end. This is the fruit. You will need to peel it before eating, but it is very good. It can be eaten year round, but will be a little tart after season. It is sweet and also hydrating. The prickly pear "pad" can also be eaten, by frying. You will need to peel it as well.