Culy’s Food Finds: prickly pear or prickly pear

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When we recently spotted a prickly pear in the Moroccan supermarket, our culinary radar went off immediately. We wanted more info about this! What seems? In North Africa, the fruit is almost as normal as an apple. We put it in our shopping cart, tasted it and had to conclude: what a very tasty piece of fruit!

What is a prickly pear?

If you’ve ever seen a cactus bloom during a vacation, you know that fruits are formed on the cacti. These fruits are called prickly pears. A prickly pear is therefore a fruit that grows on a cactus. Not to be confused with nopales , by the way, which are inlaid cactus leaves.

In addition to prickly pear, the name prickly pear or prickly pear is also used. This refers to the black dots on the skin, on which spines normally grow. Fortunately, they are removed before the fruits reach the store. Although there can always be a sting here and there, so be careful.

The prickly pear comes in different colors. A white/green variant, orange or red. The white/green version would be the tastiest.

What does a prickly pear taste like?

Perhaps the name suggests that a spiked pear tastes like pear, but that is not entirely true. If you cut the fruit in half, orange-yellow flesh appears with black seeds in it. You can spoon away the juicy flesh along with the seeds, just like a kiwi. You don’t eat the peel. The taste is fresh and is a bit between an apple and pear, but with a nice bite due to the small seeds.

Another way to eat the prickly pear is: cut off the ends, make a horizontal stripe on top and cut off the skin around it. That way you can immediately use it to process a variety of dishes.

What do you eat a prickly pear with?

So you can eat a prickly pear out of hand like a kiwi, but you can also use it in many dishes. In cakes, cocktails, ice creams, salads, candies, jams, salsa, pear juice (nice word for Scrabble) and so on.

Do you also want to get started? Fearlessdining has a nice overview of 10 different recipes that you can make with a prickly pear and an explanation of how to remove the seeds.

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