But stick around, because June is when the delicate white blossoms that have been pollinated develop into deep ruby-red fruits.
These fruits will be eaten by birds, bats, and those dedicated few persons who harvest them at the peak of summer heat, usually just weeks before the monsoon rains arrive and cool the desert down.
Saguaro fruit harvesting is a tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years by the Native American peoples of the Sonoran Desert. The tradition continues today.
The fruits are gently knocked off the cactus with a special pole that is traditionally made from saguaro cactus ribs. The ribs are nearly as hard as a hardwood and are used for roofing support material, rafters, fences, walls, and furniture.
The fruits are cooked and strained into a fine and thick syrup with sugar added for preservation. The syrup can be used as it is or made into jam.