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Cooking with Prickly Pears

In my younger years, my grandmother canned cactus pads and made jelly from the fruit of the cactus.  The pads are flat and look like a large leave.  Indian Fig is the most commonly used prickly pear species for culinary use. There are many species of prickly pears, but all can be used for food. Making jelly from the ripe fruit was time consuming but it was really good.

When she canned the cactus it was not so easy to prepare. You have to remove the nodes that hold the needles.  She would pick them in the morning and then she started to clean the pads (they look like a beaver tail, flat and wide).  …

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Prickly Pears are a Good Hard Times Food

 

The other day my wife came home with some prickly pears that she picked at the home of one of our children.  She is familiar with them and is planning to make jam out of these.

Now prickly pears are found in many parts of the United States, Mexico and even a few areas of southern Canada.  They grow throughout the Western United States, in the arid regions in the Northwest and in the mid and lower elevations of the Rocky Mountains.  Prickly pears are also found in the dry sand hills and sand dunes of the East Coast from Florida to south of Boston. …

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