Monday, August 11, 2008

The fruit

I've been waiting a long time to show you all these photos. This is the same cactus that I posted awhile ago here when its flowers were blooming. But I've also wanted to show photos of the "fruits" as seen for sale at the grocery store. I finally found a friendly grocery store that allowed me to take the photos (boo to big chain stores that get uptight when people take photos inside!). You can make a salad from the "leaves" part but I'm not sure what the "fruit" part might be used for. Anyone know?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that they taste sweetish...haven't tried them yet.


Mon Aug 11, 11:26:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kim said...

Wow Felicia! In the thumbnail of the top shot it looks like an impressionist painting. Very beautiful swirling effect made by the red flowered edges. I know we make nopales from the cactus, and wonder if a drink could be made from the fruit? Wonder if it's sweet?

We were just down in SD and I thought of you the whole time. I read in the paper down there about the cross in yesterday's post. We took the trolley from Old Town to the border and I tried to spot some sights you'd perhaps shown us. The Santa Fe Railroad station and the contemporary art museum stand out in memory. Fun to be in your turf! And, yes, I ate street tacos 3 times while there and in TJ.

Mon Aug 11, 12:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Brent McD. said...

i wonder why they don't like people taking photos? hmmmm, next time i go to the grocery store, i'm definitely bringing my camera. mwaahaha!

Mon Aug 11, 12:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger expat said...

As far as I know, these things are known as prickly pear, and they don't taste of much. Here's a possibly useful link:

Mon Aug 11, 01:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Felicia said...

Thank you everyone! Louis, you could be the first to experiment. Kim, I hope my blog does this city a little bit of justice and I hope you had a fun time! Brent, be warned, I've heard that Whole Foods people are pretty vigilant. Expat, although they are cheap I don't think I have the patience to de-thorn them in order to try eating them.

Mon Aug 11, 05:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Baruch said...

Drool .... haven't had one of those in ages. We call them prickly pears and they are YUMMMMM!!! I like the green one more than the red one. There are lots of tiny pips in the flesh which you just swallow. A bit tricky to peel though with all the tiny thorns and tastes the best when left in the fridge for a while so that it is nice and cold before eaten.

Mon Aug 11, 05:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jack and Joann said...

I used to live in the desert of Arizona where I very carefully picked the red ones to turn into prickly pear jelly. Add sugar and then they are sweet.

Wed Aug 13, 11:01:00 PM PDT  

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