Ever in search of new crops and especially those that require little or no water, a recent notice in a Peruvian newspaper promotes a "new" crop that the local tourist industry is finding attractive:
What do you think?
Corryocactus brevistylus BK09424.1 “Sanky”
Attractive Trichocereus peruvianus-like columnar cactus from southern Peru. Stems 10–20′ tall, spines up to 9″ long! Yellow tubular flowers and softball size fruit. Fruit purchased at one of the large traditional markets in Lima city. The flesh of the huge fruit is amazingly sour, as acidic as a lemon. Considered a liver and kidney tonic. We blended the pulp with a little honey-water to make a delicious and refreshing sanky-ade. More tolerant of cold and aridity than any lemon tree, could substitute in areas where lemons can't grow. Z8b
Seed packet $4
4-6″+ plant 3 years old $12.50
Or if Sanky doesnt fit the bill, how about growing Rumpa?