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Have you tried Cactus Pears? If not you’re missing a healthy treat.

I saw some in the supermarket and decided to give this new to me fruit a try. It’s sweet, juicy, delicious and decidedly different.

One thing about the cactus pear is that the seeds are all through the “meat” of the fruit. I read that they are edible, but they are a bit large and I found myself spitting them out like you would with a slice of watermelon.

You can toss them in a blender and juice them seeds and all. Be sure to run it long enough to chop up the seeds. The way you prepare them if you are going to toss them into a blender is to cut both ends off. Then take a knife and cut through the skin on two sides and peel back the skin leaving the meat of the fruit… toss in the blender. Otherwise, you can simply slice them in half and scoop out the meat with a tablespoon.

Not only are they delicious, some people are calling cactus pears a superfood. They are high in fiber, antioxidants and carotenoids. They are said to be anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Cactus pears have also been promoted for treating diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and hangovers…. so have some on hand for the morning after your next night out on the town.

Give them a try. You might discover a new favorite food. But do use care handling them. They are also called prickly pears, because like all cactus they are prickly.  The ones I tried were green, but you can also find ones that are purple and other colors.  

A fresh halved cactus pear in a bowl. Also known as a prickly pear