I am curious about the fruit of this plant. I find that it is rather bland. Do you suppose that, like most fruiting things, the local conditions, such as soil ph, affect it's taste? I have tried the fruit several times and find it to have a custard like texture but little flavor.
My favorite cactus for sculpting in groups. I manage it in random heights and once you get the hang of it is beautifull..The five inch blooms come out during the night and by late day fade eventually turning to a mild ,moist,spineless fruit looking like a dull tomato,stemless, right from the pore where the flower emerged. Even when the get large and split are just fine.They thrive in Zephyrhills just north of Tampa;but because of very dry weather were fruitless mid winter.All my plantss were easily rooted throwaways. Not yet able to upload some beautiful photos, hopefully soon!