|red prickly cactus pears = ripe to eat|
|cactus pears contain many eyes with fine|
micro needle-like thorns
|cut the ends and use a fork to|
hold the pear up
while you peel the rest of
the fruit with a knife
|once the pear is peeled it looks like this|
|a little work but it's worth the while to peel each pear|
|diced fruit ready to use|
(the seeds are hard, similar to guava seeds--DO NOT
bite down on these seeds or you may need to see your dentist!)
|bottles of cactus pear juice I|
10 (plus more if you have) ripe cactus pears, peeled, washed and diced
Simmer approximately 12-15 minutes. Strain, cool and refrigerate.
Cactus Pear Juice II (2nd Batch)
Pulp and seeds from Cactus Pear Juice I (1st Batch)
1) Take the pulp and seeds, add 3 cups water and blend this.
2) Simmer the content in a pot for another 12-15 minutes.
3) Cool, strain and refrigerate.
4) Discard the seeds.
*You may add more water but this will dilute the cactus juice concentration.
Cactus Pear Syrup
2 C Cactus Pear Juice II (see above)
1/2 C agave syrup (more or less depending on your sweet tooth!)
1) Take the two ingredients and simmer for about 5 minutes.
2) Cool and refrigerate until ready to use.
Here is a pretty pink color drink!
Cactus Pear-Banana Smoothie (yields about 4 Cups or 2 servings)
1 C Cactus Pear Syrup (see recipe above)
3 apple bananas (or 1 1/2 large banana)
1 C milk
3-4 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!
*Add some plain yogurt to this and blend if interested.
*Use juice or soy milk if are lactose intolerant.
*Add a splash of rum if interested for your happy hour.
|cactus pear popsickle|