View photos of the edible and medicinal plant Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail pricklypear), profiled in the Wild Edible Series: California and Nevada (as Opuntia spp.).
A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:
The young pads can also be eaten raw in limited quantities; if cooked, then in larger amounts. They have the taste of a slimy bell pepper.
Author, Researcher, Clinician. Latest titles: Wild Edible Plants of California: Volume 1 (The Essential Forages) (2021), Wild Edible Plants of Utah (2020), Wild Edible Plants of Colorado (2020).