The Figs Picones

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The figs picones
The Figs Picones
The prickly pear is a perennial plant, bush, carried creeping, succulent, deciduous with flat stems and leaves
transformed into thorns, that suitable land can live over 50 years. It is a demanding crop temperature and insolation and holds very well although drought is greatly benefited by the presence of water in the months of verano.
Fue introduced by Spanish sailors in Europe and North Africa from Central, instead of origin, and then spread all arid regions of subtropical and tropical areas of the planet.
The presence of rogues is very common in our areas near the coast, as it has feral very easily. It was on the other hand, the support of one of our historic monoculture "cochineal".
This plant, in our latitudes, practically not exploited commercially, although with certain cultural care (fertilization, irrigation, thinning and pruning), we could obtain higher yields and more distributed throughout the year, which would achieve better prices.
We can distinguish between "peak Indian fig", typical of the southern coastal areas, has a very long spines yellow, with red fruit on your skin and especially in the pulp, it is widely used for consumption but is valued for its contribution to vitamin C. The "white peak fig" of orange-red flowers and blades rather narrow, the "fig red beak" of yellow flowers and blades wider, both commonly consumed, being prized for their flavor. We could also mention the "fig habanero pico" very narrow blade whose fruit is perhaps the most cherished of all its flavor.
It is a fruit rich in minerals, especially calcium. Potassium, magnesium and sodium are present in amounts acceptable. Its vitamin C content is significant and much higher than watermelon and grapes. To extend its shelf is recommended that you stop collecting a piece of blade.

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