Pikes Peak Prickly Pear was inspired by the exotic flavor of the prickly pear cactus fruit. We use the sweet juice of the prickly pear cactus fruit to create a refreshing soda that is unlike anything you have enjoyed before. It is a sophisticated sweetness that is guaranteed to please. We hope you enjoy this truly one of a kind soda taste experience and share it with friends.
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“The porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) is the prickliest of all rodents, and its Latin name means “quill pig.” Their coat of needle-like quills gives predators a sharp reminder that this animal is no easy meal. Porcupines have soft hair, but on their back, sides, and tail it is usually mixed with the sharp quills. These quills typically lie flat until a porcupine is threatened, when they leap to attention as a persuasive deterrent. Porcupines cannot shoot there quills as once thought, but the quills detach easily when touched. Quills have sharp tips and overlapping scales or barbs that make them difficult to remove once they are stuck in another animal’s skin. Porcupines grow new quills to replace the ones they lose. The porcupines found in North America are good climbers and spend much of their time in trees. The North American porcupine is the only species that lives in the U.S. and Canada, and is the largest of all porcupines. A single animal may have 30,000 or more quills. North American porcupines use their large front teeth to satisfy a healthy appetite for wood, but they also eat fruit and leaves. Female porcupines have between one and four young. Babies have soft quills at birth, which harden within a few days. Most young porcupines are ready to live on their own at about two months of age. They usually live 5 to 7 years. A group of porcupine is called a family or prickle.”