Prickly pears are delicious. Atlantans eat them too.

If you’re enjoying a cactus pad salad, are you eating leaves or are you eating stems? Just looking at a pad, it’s hard to know. I’m talking about the fleshy oval pads of Opuntia, the prickly pear cactus, also known as the Indian fig for its rosy oblong fruits.

Stems or leaves, leaves or stems. Hmmmm. Stems? Leaves?

Nice, and it turns out there’s a class for cactus salad prep in Atlanta coming up.

9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7. Chef Ron Eyester, Rosebud. Morningside Farmers Market, Atlanta. www.morningsidemarket.com

Papago Cactus Salad
Hands on: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6

And finally, the answer that you may have been waiting for, but probably not….

Stems.