Jardin de Cactus

Lanzarote, and the Canary islands contain an amazing number of varieties of cactus and you will not see a better display of these than in the Jardin de Cactus.

The Jardin, garden, one of the last attractions created by CÚsar Manrique is set in a volcanic crater and houses an amazing variety of small short fat thin cactus that you can find in the Canaries and other cactus growing countries in the world.

You will also find there a picturesque windmill which still produces Gofio, a corn flour which when mixed with various products such as honey was the staple food of the islanders historically, and which can still be easily bought today.

Gofio is traditionally mixed in a goatskin which allows the ingredients to be mixed thouroughly. It is still eaten, often for breakfast and when mixed with honey is quite pleasant to eat.

In this region of the Lanzarote that the Cochineal beetle, from the lavae which the the red food coulouring cochineal is derived, has been farmed for over a century and still continues to some extent today.

We did not get a chance to visit the Cactus Garden on this visit but hope to shortly.

The photographs are of cactus from the Canary Islands which you should be able to see in the Jardin de Cactus

Cactus Cactus

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