Garden Confidential #9: The Secret Life of Cacti

by Andrew Keys on September 18, 2012

The lowly cactus: I bet you think you know all about it, right? Wrong. Scott Calhoun knows all about cacti, and his stories aren’t for the faint of heart. We’re talking expeditions into the Mexican backcountry, peyote, and of course the prickles. But underneath that prickly exterior lies something ancient–something more elemental than you find in most plants–AND something that makes a great margarita. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

I’m meeting Scott in person next month in Tucson. There have been promises of prickly pear margaritas. I’m holding you to that, Scott. Thanks also to Kaveh Maguire for help with the intro on this one.

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