How to Peel Prickly Pears

How to Peel a Prickly Pear2

Note: Watch out for any small hair-like spines on the fruit. Most fruit purchased at a market have already rid the fruit of any spines but always good to watch out for. To protect your hands and fingers, it’s best to use a fork, a towel, or even a gardener’s glove to steady the fruit while you work with it.

5 Fun Facts About Prickly Pears

  1. The color of prickly pears varies each with their own flavor. They are often red in color, although other varieties include yellow-orange and green.
  2. The fruit of prickly pears are said to taste like a combination of bubblegum and watermelon, and can be made into candy, jam or beverages, or eaten raw, although some people do not like to eat the hard edible seeds.
  3. The red fruit of the Prickly Pear is called many things such as ‘cactus fruit’, ‘cactus fig’, ‘Indian fig’ and ‘tuna’.
  4. Prickly pear pulp makes excellent jam, jellies and preserves, sweets and refreshing or digestive beverages.
  5. The fruit is high in amino acids, fiber, vitamin B, magnesium, and iron.


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