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Big cactus at 804 Russell Road

2008-10-03 - Next to Columbia Dollar General Store - Photo By Ed Waggener.
This clump of prickly pears may be the biggest cactus planting in Adair County. It comes from a single pad Melvin C. Branham got from Rosetta Stotts 16 years ago. Starter pads are available at Mr. Branham's yard sale, October 3, 4, and 5, 2008. Branham, above, says the bed measures 40 feet in circumference, and just keeps growing. With careful preparation, the nopales can be eaten as vegetables, and the purple pods or tunas, also prepared with great care, are eaten as fruit, in jellies, and to make drinks. Paired photo, almost five years forward, after a bad 2013-2014 winter killed the plant. See: Mystery of the Giant Cactus solved

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