Carambola Fruiting Red Rose Cactus (pereskia bleo)

Bleo is a leafy, woody, prickly cactus shrub, native to forests of Central America. Bleo grows to a about 6 feet tall with large, aromatic flowers resembling rose blossoms. The alien looking fruits are spherical, flat on one end and yellow in color. They are edible but a bit sour until fully ripe similar to a tropical Carambola. In addition to the fruit the edible leaves can be eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable.

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