Echinocactus hamatocanthus Muehlenpf. Cactaceae.
The ripe fruit is red and "as delicious as that of the strawberry
E. horizonthalonius Lem.
This species furnishes fruits which are sliced, candied and sold
E. longihamatus Gal.
Fruit red, edible and of good quality.
E. viridescens Nutt.
The fruit is of the shape and taste of a gooseberry.
E. wislizeni Engelm.
Western North America.
This cactus is called by the Mexicans visnada,
or biznacha. The seeds are small, and black and when parched and
pulverized, make good gruel and even bread. The pulp of the fruit is
rather sour and is not much eaten. Travellers, in passing through the
cactus wastes, often resort to this plant to quench their thirst, its
interior containing a soft, white, watery substance of slightly acid taste,
which is rather pleasant when chewed. Pieces of this, soaked in a sirup
or sugar and dried, are as good as candied citron, which they resemble
in taste and substance. This plant, in some of its preparations,
furnishes a favorite food to the Yabapais and Apache Indians of
Echinophora spinosa Linn. Umbelliferae. PRICKLY SAMPHIRE.
The roots of prickly samphire are eatable, with the flavor of
parsnips, and the young leaves make excellent pickles.
Eclipta erecta Linn. Compositae.
About Bombay, this plant, a common weed, is
sometimes eaten by the natives as a potherb.