Once the pit was opened and the cactus pads plucked off, Phil offered around the much-awaited delicacy.
"It has a bit of a bitter taste still, Phil."
"It's a little soapy still, Phil." "This one is sweeter, like brown sugar maybe."
"You're not going to be taking a plane trip right away are you?" Phil asked one recipient who still was savoring the acrid, slightly mushy green stuff. "If it's not cooked enough," he explained, "it makes a great laxative."
"Hey, thanks a lot, Phil."
"Compliments to the chef."