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Opuntia: kinky food

The big cactuses with violet, orange or red fruit don’t only look good but believe it or not you can also eat them. Not the spines of course, these you have to fight in order to get to the fruit. In its edible form the so-called opuntia is also called prickly pear or Indian/cactus fig. We went through a lot of hassle this summer to pick them on our own. Initially the long spines on the cactus seem like the major problem but when you actually get down to picking them you discover the small ones on the fruit are the real pain in the ass. One of us found them in his hand even 2 months after our little culinary adventure.

In spite of that it was worth it. They give you this fresh experience perfect for the hot environment where the usually grow. Just a friendly advice, if you don’t get them already served like in South America or Marocco for example, it might be a good idea to use some leather gloves.

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