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Prickly Pear Cactus Seeds – aka Opuntia

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Prickly Pears - aka Opuntia - aren't actually pears at all, but an edible fruit from a cactus plant.

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Prickly Pears – aka Opuntia – aren’t actually pears at all, but an edible fruit from a cactus plant.

prickly pears - aka opuntia - cookingwithkimberly.comAs imagined, this is an extremely well adapted plant for dry, arid locations & conditions.

Mild & sweet in flavor, just like the nature of a pear, prickly pears are juicy & bright red in color.

The fruit has many small seeds throughout the flesh that are small & hard. The seeds can be eaten, or spit out when eating the fruit by itself.

Perfect on their own as a snack, or use in beverages, cocktails, dessert & sauces.

Warning: Be careful touching the outside of these prickly pears, when growing on the cactus, they are covered in thorns.

There are a number of ways to treat them upon harvest to remove the thorns & make them easier to handle. However, always take care when handling prickly pears, as fine thorns can easily turn into slivers.

Tips: Because of the numerous seeds, this fruit is wonderful juiced. I’ve found using a potato ricer works well to separate the juicy flesh from the hard seeds.

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Grow your very own organic prickly pear cactus at home!


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