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Old 09-24-2007, 10:42 AM   #11
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I've only ever had them in margaritas - for a while prickly pear margaritas were all the rage on the RiverWalk. But for sure, it made them red so I think they must ripen to a red color. Perhaps the seeds get a little softer as they ripen?

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Old 09-24-2007, 06:40 PM   #12
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Okay, thank you everyone. I guess I will let them sit and see if they turn red.
Katie, I got them at Walmart. They were only .59 a piece.

Michael, were they sweet when ripe? They are sweet now, but, with a little bit of twang to them.

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Old 09-25-2007, 11:55 AM   #13
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I just added a recipe to my files about making a sauce with prickly pears.

Heck, there's someone that lives a couple miles from me with a prickly pear cactus in their front yard, and it has fruit on it. They aren't quite ripe yet.
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These pears are green and once ripe, turn to a reddish color. We used to eat these tasty fruits when we'd travel to Mexico when we were very young followed by excessive "fiber" foods as they tend to put a damper on your digestive system.
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:52 PM   #15
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In San Diego they grew all over the place near us. We called them cactus apples as well as prickly pears. My mom tried making jelly with them once. It was delicious--right after it was made. Once it sat for awhile (even sealed) it lost all its fruit flavor and tasted like sugar-water jelly!

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Old 10-06-2007, 08:47 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by texasgirl View Post
Well, it is sweet like a Bartlet, but, very soft, almost like applesauce, but, a little thicker. It still holds together, it isn't runny, just soft. The seads are about the size of sesame's, maybe smaller, but, lots of them. That is what makes it hard to eat. A person has the natural instinct to chew, but, you'll break your teeth on these hard little suckers. It really ruins the experience.
I just tried one for the first time last week - same exact experience? So many seeds and big too. I think mine was green too, maybe that was the problem, but it was awful!
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:55 AM   #18
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I'm pretty prickly pears are supposed to be seedless. But I've never seen them in a store, only from a cactus. The cactus has pretty, yellow flowers. It makes me wonder if there's an issue with fertilized pears vs. un-fertilized pears.

Rounding out my lexicon of knowledge about prickly pears:

1. If they're green, they're not ripe. You want bright red.

2. The pears are covered in short, fine needles that get under your skin. Luckily, the needles are highly flammable -- use a direct flame and burn them off. I wonder how Wal-Mart removes all those needles.

3. IMO, prickly pears taste awful, no matter the preparation.

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