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  1. rachel

    So, I’m in NC and harvested some prickly pears for the first time. I’ve scorched off most of the glochids, removed most of the seeds and blended the heck out of them. I’m in the process of trying to shove the slurry through a very fine metal sieve…but it is SOOOO VISCOUS!!! I’ve added some water to try and thin it a bit. I’m not sure I will even be able to get to the clean t-shirt part. I’d like to make this into a syrup but I’m still worried about any glochids I may have missed and the viscosity…advice?

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  2. Brian

    I like to burn and boil mine. I’m usually making prickly pear margaritas, so have to boil for the syrup anyway.

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  3. Mohamed

    That is the right way .. one more thing you should do before cutting .. Soak in water for around 6 hours to soften its thorns .. i do that all the time in Egypt and it works like magic


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  4. L

    Here’s a hint if you get the prickles in your skin (which I did, it was my first time trying a prickly pear fruit from my neighbour’s cactus in Melbourne, Australia!)

    Press a piece of sticky tape or duct tape over the spikes, then carefully peel it off going in the same direction. It will help to pull them out.

  5. Mary

    I’m soooooo happy to find this article after having this fruit for a week and not knowing what it was or how to eat it. Thanx to my friend for telling me the name and I googled it and this page pop up.

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