Tuna de nopal

Prickly Pear Cactus

Tuna de nopal is part of the cultural life of Latinos in the Americas. It is a sacred plant: the paddles, without thorns, are a staple of the Latin diet and filled with nutrients, used as medicine, and the fruit.

THE FRUIT! Tuna in Spanish.

First, the gorgeous flowers, followed by the fruit. The ripe tunas have an intensely sweet flavor, a cross between a raspberry and strawberry. Of course, the exact taste depends on the variety. There are over 90 species in the Americas.

This Tuna de nopal is at Vallarta Botanical Gardens. The specimen plant is in the cacti pavilion. The ripe shocking red/pink fruit, so enticing. So delicious. Muy rico.

A tasty, sacred plant.


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I take trips to the extraordinary Vallarta Jardín Botánico often. It is a favorite place to stimulate my creativity. I am not alone. USA Today named it one of its Readers’ Choice “10 Best” Gardens in North America. I visit seasonally for inspiration and to have lunch in the wonderful restaurant.

The Cacti Pavillion is stunning. I love backlight. I love the way it defines a shape and creates a glow. In this artwork light both reveals and conceals the plants behind the cactus, simultaneously abstract and realistic.


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Unless otherwise requested, all fine art paper prints will come with a one-inch border for ease of framing.   If you don’t want a border, let me know.  The art looks beautiful without a border “floated” (placed on top) of matte board. 

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I print on two types of canvas, matte finish (an elegant, smooth flat finish) and gloss finish (shinier and reflective).  In general, I prefer the matte finish.  These can be thin stretched on ¾ inch stretcher bars.  They can be hung unframed or framed.  Some pieces can be gallery wrapped where the image wraps around the side.  Or the side can be white, black or a complimentary color that I usually choose to go with the artwork.  There are other options.  You can have the canvas stretched over 1.5 inch stretcher bars, a dramatic look. 

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