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MEETINGS

TCC meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at a time at various locations around the south Texas area selected by the Council at their previous meeting. The Council works to bring informative speakers with valuable information to cactus producers. Each month brings new speakers on different topics. Each of our members is mailed a monthly newsletter highlighting the events at our monthly meetings and informing members of future meetings and special events. Some of the topics of interest have included reports from international doctors on various health and medical benefits of cacti. Growers and importers have come together to discuss, outline, and take an active role in directing the future of the cactus industry, as we know it today. Our International Conference also includes a cooking competition where chefs from different backgrounds bring their favorite cactus recipes and compete in different categories of competition. Prizes are awarded to the best recipes in each category. The Texas Cactus Council publishes many of these award-winning recipes in its annual cookbook. We hope with this cookbook we can educate the public while sharing the many new and exciting ways to prepare the prickly pear leaves and fruit.

September 19, 2006

This meeting of the Texas Cactus Council met in Falfurrias, TX, at Star of Texas Restaurant. The restaurant is right across the street from Whataburger as you travel on Highway 281. They have a great menu.

TCC president Joe Martinez presented an informative program on prickly pear cactus at the meeting on Thursday, September 19th in Falfurrias.  The program consisted of a brief history of prickly pear cactus, and its medicinal properties such as treatments for diabetes, cholesterol, and the immune system, plus dozens of other treatments.   Cooking with cactus, along with a nutritional profile was discussed. Copies of a recipe for French fried cactus was distributed to all attendees.  Finally, the program will include the many other practical uses of prickly pear cactus.  Many of our members went home with door prizes of many different species of cactus, most of which came from our president, Joe Martinez's cactus garden.