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
- 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.
- 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.
- The red fruit of the Prickly Pear is called many things such as ‘cactus fruit’, ‘cactus fig’, ‘Indian fig’ and ‘tuna’.
- Prickly pear pulp makes excellent jam, jellies and preserves, sweets and refreshing or digestive beverages.
- The fruit is high in amino acids, fiber, vitamin B, magnesium, and iron.