“All prickly pears were of heavenly stone and when you met a living soul he was a boy who came or went, on the road, to reap the fruits crowned with thorns that grew like coral on the stone” said Elio Vittorini in Conversation in Sicily. From Mexico, which depicts it on the national flag, the prickly pear has also reached the slopes of Etna, becoming an icon of the island’s landscape. You can find it everywhere, from the countryside, to the roadsides, even on the roofs of houses. A plant that we could almost define resilient for its ability…

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