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Thread: Is this a prickly pear?

  1. #11
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    Nopales are the pads of the cactus. Dethorn them and slice. Cook like green beans.

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    seems like they would hold up well in a crock pot recipe? Like the beef/veg stew i had at the taqueria?

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    I live in the land of prickly pear so if I decide to eat them it won't be out of a can!

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    Well, I opened it and tasted it. It had a very mild flavor, reminiscent of watermelon, yes. I liked it but there were way way way too many seeds to bother with it on a regular basis. my lips, however, are stained a lovely healthy pink.

    Does anyone know if this is seasonal or can I get a prickly pear in the summer? I think the juice might be a fun addition to a margarita!

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    I'm in North Texas and the season is almost over. I usually pick my neighbor's fruit with tongs (they have hair needles) and then burn the needles off with a kitchen torch. Then make yummy, yummy wine with them. Recipes for wine can be found online!

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    Oh yeah, I've had prickly pear margaritas and the season is late summer to early fall.

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    Good to know about the needles. I've seen some late fruit on some "untended" cactus around town and I was thinking of helping myself. Tongs will work nicely -- I never even considered spines! Thanks!

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