Giant Apple cactus
is believed to be a native of Peru. It is grown in many countries of the South Esatern part of the South American continent. It has now travelled to other parts of the world too. As it is xerophtic plant, so they are trying to domesticate it in a big way in Israel now. Apple cactus is reported to be a good source of vitamins B, C and E, Phosphorus, iron, calcium, potassium and magnessium.
A beautiful pillar cactus upto 3 m high; shoots usually articulated from ground, 3-4 stems up by tall furrowed columns; each column having only a hint of segmentation, which can be viewed as a narrowing of the column with approx. 40-60 cm distance; up along the furrowed columns grow side branches off that quickly strives upward along the columns as a flerarmet candlestick; thorns small, very sharp, spaced at 3-4 cm, stretching on all directions; gray-green in color, surface waxy;
A plant will yield 50-80 fruits per year.