Wednesday, September 07, 2005
How To Eat A Prickly Pear.
This is the beautiful fruit of the prickly pear cactus. After a summer of yellow blossoms, these gorgeous scarlet fruits appear.
The taste is hard to describe, fruity, tangy, yet sweet...see, I told you it was hard to describe. The inside is an even prettier shade of red and is loaded with seeds.
The trick to eating a prickly pear is to not touch the delicate, "soft" stickers that are present on the thick skin of the fruit. These look like peach fuzz, very small, blonde, but they are EVIL. If you touch them, they will imbed completely in your skin and drive you crazy. You can feel 'em, but usually you can't get 'em!
1) To eat a prickly pear, grasp it at both ends between finger and thumb.
2) Take your pocket knife and carefully peel the tough skin, being careful not to touch those little blonde spines.
3) Eat juicy red pulp inside prickly pear.
4) Spit seeds at kids.
6) The juice will have stained your fingers a lovely burgundy color. Think of an interesting explanation for this side effect.
Posted by R.Powers at 5:44 PM