What is a Prickly Pear?
Well, not only are they edible, they’re also absolutely stunning! Wait until you see the inside — you’ll be amazed.
Prickly Pears are native primarily to the southwestern United States, Mexico, other Latin American countries, as well as in Africa, Australia and the Mediterranean — where there is a lot of sun and heat.
Prickly Pears are not actually a member of the pear family. They were given this name only because the they resemble pears in shape and size.
What other names are there for Prickly Pears?
- Cactus Pears
- Cactus Figs
- Tuna fruit
- Indian Figs
What do Prickly Pears taste like?
They’re juicy and have a lovely, very sweet, raspberry-like flavor.
You might find them in the specialty section of the produce department in your market. You can also get them here.
Prickly Pear juice. It was so lovely after I strained it that I treated it like a latte and made a heart in it.
Different ways to use Prickly Pears:
- In a delicious vinaigrette
- In ice cream
- Sliced into salads
- Mixed into cocktails
- Puréed for a dessert sauce to serve over ice cream
You might think it’s daunting, but I want to show you that it’s easy to learn how to cut and eat Prickly Pears.
Now let’s demystify this unique and beautiful fruit, shall we?