Prickly and Red.....but oh so Tasty

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This interesting and common cactus is called “Prickly Pear” or “Paddle Cactus". Originally from Mexico but grows all over the world. I found this huge beautiful cactus in Loma Linda, CA.

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The paddles can be peeled and cooked. The red fruit, known as cactus figs or Indian figs, is found growing on the paddles and also can be eaten. Both the paddles and the fruit are covered with spines called glochids. These have to be removed carefully or they will get embedded into a person’s skin. The fruit is ready for harvest in the fall when the color turns red.

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Cactus Fruit Sauce or Gelato

·        2 cups milk

·        1/3 cup sugar

·        2 tablespoons corn flour

·        200 g cactus fruit pulp

·        a few drops of lemon juice

Mix the ingredients and bake at 350 degrees until set. Can be served over cake or ice cream or can be puréed and made into Gelato. If anyone else has a good recipe, let us know?

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Comment balloon 22 commentsKristin Hamilton CA Realtor • October 26 2011 06:18PM

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Interesting....I haven't ever heard of this!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kristin, it sure is weird looking but this sound like a pretty good drink. I will have to try it. What kinds of antioxidants or vitamins does this cactus supply? Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz, TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga ((909) 973-0410 ) almost 8 years ago

We don't have that type as prevalent in AZ or I'd say you were writing about our cactus!  Ours are a different color.  Oftentimes, we'll find some of the "leaves" and "fruit" in specialty stores.  I love your recipe idea!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) almost 8 years ago

Hi Deborah,

 I had not heard of this either until I took the pictures and did the research on it. I found it to be fascinating. I have seen cactus paddles in the store before but have never bought any. I wonder what they taste like so I think I will try them. I would love to make the Indian fig topping. Going to look for those too.

Thanks for stopping and have a lovely week.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kimberly,

According to several sites on Google, apparently it helps to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and to curb obesity. Some places in the world have been eating cactus for hundreds of years. Cactus leaves are also called Nopal.

Thanks for stopping I appreciate your comments.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Jan,

I think our Trader Joe's has them for sale. I am going to try it. Sounds like it is a real health benefit so if I like the taste, I will put it in salads.

Thanks for stopping and I appreciate you writing a comment. Have a great Wednesday.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Kristin, I've never had them but I would like to try them. They use to grow down by where we lived in Soledad and the Hispanic community cook with them a lot. We learned to love the local cuisine but never tried them. If Trader's have them...we will give it a try. I'll have to see if there are some recipes for them. Thanks for such an interesting post. Have a beautiful evening.

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) almost 8 years ago

HI Jeanean,

Yes same here. Never tried them but would like to. I think they are beautiful and exotic to look at. Driving in the desert at night, it always looks like people are standing out there but it is just big cactus's.

Have a great Thursday and thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kristin, I keep taking photos of this plant and never knew that it was edible. I will extend it a greater courtesy in the future. :-)

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 8 years ago

Hi William,

I didn't know about the fruit until I did my research. I knew that some people and cultures like cactus but have never tried it personally. I love the colorful fruit but cleaning out the spines does not sound like fun. I will try Trader Joe's and find them all cleaned up.

PS love the witch. I hope I don't get censored for my comment.

 

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kristin

These beautiful cacti are all over the Albuquerque are.The blooms are awesome and the jelly made from them are quiet yummy.  I have not personally eaten them other way than the jelly.  If I do I'll let you know my thoughts.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi John,

Jelly is a very good  choice to make with the fleshy fruit. These catcus figs remind me of peaches or plums so what a good choice. I read that you must pick out all the seeds or you will have to go to the dentist. Ouch!!!!

Thanks for stopping.

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Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Kristin.

When I was a kid I used to eat it...

Great photos.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) almost 8 years ago

Kristin, that plant is gorgeous, but seems to be a lot of work to get to the "fruit".      I will need to remember that info on the next trip to CA!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 8 years ago

Hi Joshua,

Good Morning. Did you like it?  It is such a beautiful plant but I had no idea the plant was edible. Thanks for stopping and have a lovely weekend.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Joan,

 Yes you are so right. You have to get the spines off the paddles and the friut or they get embedded in your hands. Sounds very painful so I am still not sure on this one. Maybe all cleaned up from a specialty store. Hum.........

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Interesting recipe and facts, thanks, Kristin.  If I get down that way, perhaps I will try it.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) almost 8 years ago

Hi Ron,

Thanks for stopping and commenting. I have never tried cactus myself but it is now on my to-do list. I will blog if I find it to be really tasty.

PS. How is your wayward cat? Hope he is home to stay now.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Kristin,

Beautiful prickly pear flowers and fruit. Nice photos. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hello Steve,

I appreciate your nice comments and thanks for stopping by. I did my research and found this to be quite interesting.

I may try this recipe also.  Happy Halloween.

 

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Kristin,

Congratulations. Your post is now featured in "Silent Saturday." :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 8 years ago

Thanks so much Steve, It is quite an honor to be featured in your group "Silent Saturday." Have a great weekend!

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Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

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