This grapefruit-sized fruit actually grows on a climbing cactus. Its spongy pulp is white or sometimes pinkish red, sweet and juicy with numerous tiny edible black seeds scattered throughout
Actually a tuber, the sunchoke looks like a small, bumpy potato or ginger root. The knobby, thin-skinned exterior is usually tannish-gold to cream colored but some varieties are reddish or purplish.
Red Cactus Pears
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This item was last sold on : 01/14/15
Red Cactus pears are available early fall through the spring.
The Red Cactus pear, also known as Cactus apple, Prickly pear, Barbary, Tuna and Indian Fig grows on the prickly pear cactus, which is of the genus Oputina and a member of the cactus family (Cactaceae).
The Red Cactus pear grows from flowers produced on the tip of prickly pear cactus pads or nopales. At first green, the skin of the fruit ripens to have a deep rosy red hue. Its exterior is spotted with brown dots, or areoles from which prickly spines, or glochids protrude. Its interior flesh is vibrant magenta and filled with hundreds of tiny edible seeds. Its sweet taste and fresh aroma is reminiscent of watermelon.
Cactus pears are low in both sodium and calories, with a medium sized pear containing about 40 calories. They are an excellent source of vitamin c and provide some dietary fiber as well, which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels. Prior to the advent of antibiotics and vaccines, Cactus pear was used to treat and prevent a number of different aliments as it was believed to have anti viral properties.
Most commercially sold Cactus pears have been mechanically de-pricked but some stinging invisible hairs remain and pears must be peeled before serving. Hold the fruit with tongs or wear rubber gloves to protect hands and run under cold water then cut off both ends. Slice open the pear from end to end and gently peel away the skin by slipping the tip of a knife under the skin. The interior flesh can be used as is sliced and served atop yogurt, salads, cereal or crackers and cream cheese. It can also be pressed through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds and make a puree. Use cactus pear puree to make sauces, dressings, marmalade and jam. Pureed fruit may be frozen for later use in pies, cakes, sorbets and chilled beverages.
Native to Mexico and the Americas the Cactus pear fruit of the prickly pear cactus has long been used there as a staple food and for medicinal purposes as well. The prickly pear cactus can thrive in a variety of different soils and is drought resistant once propagated. In Australia the prickly pear cactus has been so tolerant of the environment that it has grown in some areas of the country such that it is considered a weed. Both Mexico and the southwest United States still remain major suppliers of Cactus pear today with additional supply coming from the Mediterranean, particularly Sicily.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|The Shores||La Jolla CA||858-459-8271|
Recipes that include Red Cactus Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Everyday Southwest||Prickly Pear Jelly|
|Amy Glaze's Pommes D'amour||Roast Pork Loin with Prickly Pear Glaze|
|Hunter Angler Gardener Cook||Prickly Pear Glazed Pheasant|
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Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public MarketNear Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1661 Duranleau St, Vancouver
1 (604) 666-6477
About 84 days ago, 11/08/14
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Granville Island Public Market. Refreshing and juicy Red Cactus Pear ("tuna" in Mexico) - peel with caution ;)
Nathan BochlerNear La Jolla, California, United States
About 88 days ago, 11/04/14
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Rose Canyon .
Flint farmers market, Flint, MI Michigan, United States
About 138 days ago, 9/15/14
Kroger Near Orange, Ohio, United States
About 143 days ago, 9/10/14
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Kroger.
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Romeo ColemanNear Santa Monica, California, United States
Coleman Family Farms
About 171 days ago, 8/13/14
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market.
mission hills Near San Diego, California, United States
About 317 days ago, 3/20/14
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at mission hills .
rancho la puerta Near Tecate, Baja California, Mexico
About 345 days ago, 2/20/14
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at rancho la puerta.
Little Italy Mercato Near San Diego, California, United States
About 392 days ago, 1/04/14
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Little Italy Mercato.
Boney's Bayside Market Near Coronado, California, United States
About 436 days ago, 11/21/13
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Boney's Bayside Market. Cactus thorns removed, yes!! 2lbs/$1
Switzer Canyon North Park San Diego Near San Diego, California, United States
About 522 days ago, 8/27/13
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Switzer Canyon North Park San Diego. Several fruit growing in the canyon. Nice firm texture and sweet tasting.
Vince & Joe's Gourmet Market Near Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan, United States
About 530 days ago, 8/19/13
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Vince & Joe's Gourmet Market.
Mercado Hidalgo Near Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
About 573 days ago, 7/07/13
Spotter's comments : Great to make a refreshing beverage.
Whole Foods Market Near Austin, Texas, United States
About 613 days ago, 5/28/13
Spotter's comments : Red Cactus Pears spotted at Whole Foods Market. Nice display of Cactus pear.