fico d'India

prickly pear

They grow around the southern coasts: pretty to look at, but definitely an acquired taste. If you do try to eat them, expect to acquire a few needles along the way (here are some tips on what to do with one). The Sards distill them to make a strong liqueur, Ficodindia.

Also called fichi delle opunzie.

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