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Old 09-23-2007, 05:21 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Tried a prickly pear for the first time

I'm not impressed! What the heck are you suppose to do with them? I know that you can consume the seeds, but, there are so many and so hard that you can't enjoy the sweet flesh. What do any of you do with them?

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Old 09-23-2007, 06:19 PM   #2
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A book I have says a way to use them is to simmer them in water and sugar for a bit then strain, chill and add lemon or lime juice. combine tequila, triple sec, some of the prickly pear puree and lime juice to make a margarita.

The puree can also be combined with veggie oil, sugar, white wine or cider vinegar for a salad dressing.

Supposed to be good when paired with bananas, hoenydews, lemons, limes, oranges, or watermelon. Sounds interesting. What's it taste like?
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:19 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:57 PM   #4
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The seeds sound like a dentist's delight. My book didn't make any reference to the seeds. Guess if you make puree, it has to be strained like raspberries, etc. A lot of work for very little gain.
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:07 PM   #5
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I have been looking for a picture on the web, too lazy to go through all my programs to get it to download here, but, maybe this is wrong? The ones that I am finding are red. Mine are green. Think mine may not be ripe or something? Maybe the seeds get softer?
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They're also called "cactus pears," texas. Look here and see if any of these look like the one you bought.
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The 2nd column, 3rd row down look just like mine. This page shows A cut open picture, you just have to scroll down to it. And she says she chewed some of the seeds, but, when I tried, almost lost some teeth.

Google Image Result for http://www.datazap.net/sites/winmurray226/PricklyPear.jpg
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Guess the jury is still out on this critter. By the way, how much does one of these things cost? Can't get them here.
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If they're still green I don't think they're ripe yet. I'm pretty sure they're supposed to be that deep reddish purple color.
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:46 AM   #10
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Remembering back to my wilderness survival camp experiences in Boy Scouts ... they are not ripe until they are red. I don't remember them being hard or having hard seeds in them - and we ate a bunch that week!
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