How To Enjoy A Prickly Pear

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It's tuna season again!

No, not the fish! The cactus! Tuna is the Spanish word for prickly pear, or cactus fruit. They come in two colors, red and green, are full of seeds, and taste something like a melon.

They are also covered in spines. But, with the technique you are about to learn, that won't be a problem at all.
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Step 1: What You Need

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All you need is two forks and a sharp knife.

Oh, and a fresh, delicious prickly pear.

Step 2: Cut Off The Ends

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Stick a fork in the side of the fruit to hold it steady and cut off each end.

Leave the fork in the fruit.

Step 3: Cut A Slit In The Skin

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Make a cut from down the side of the fruit, end to end.

The cut needs to be through the skin, about a quarter of an inch deep. Too deep is better than too shallow, though.

Step 4: Peel The Fruit

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Grab the other fork, stick it in the slit, and peel the skin back.

At this point to can continue to peel the fruit with your forks, or hold the skin with a fork while you pull the fruit out with your fingers.

Either way, be careful not to stick yourself throwing the skin away.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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You can cut the fruit into slices, or bite into it as is, just be careful of all the hard seeds.
jenjen57 months ago
There called tunas
Oooh! That looks good! Now that I know how to peel it, I'm going to have to see if I can find one to try :D
Another method, is to get about 1/3 of a bucket full of them, and stick them under a fast running tap for 5 minutes and the water and agitation rubs off all the fine hair like spines....

Followed by sticking them on a fork - with the emphasis on the word sticking them ON, and then cutting away the "tufts" - or the little spots the fine spines grow from, or peeling, them with a very sharp vegetable peeler, under slowly running water, is the go.

Wroger-Wroger8 months ago
These are absolutely brilliant - big red juicy ones... so totally ripe and yummy...

Drying them? Must make my food dryer.
Chuck Norris has no need of your process
gwylan8 months ago
If you have a lot of them, they dry very nicely. The ones from the local prickly pear (red) taste a bit like red licorice when dried.
pratomorone8 months ago
the red ones from Sicily are the best!
Looks good. I always wanted to try one

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