The Q&A Archives: Cactus Fruit

Question: What does cactus fruit look and taste like? I think my cactus has produced some fruit, and have heard some people eat the fruit.

Answer: Cacti fruit is a swollen pad at the end of a stem. Called prickly pear = Indian fig = Indian pear = barbary fig = tuna = or cactus pear, the pulp of these cactus fruits is a brilliant red or, occasionally, a yellowish green, and tastes a bit like watered-down watermelon. Cooks exploit the color by adding slices of the pulp to fruit salads, or by pur?eing it and straining out the seeds. They're quite popular in Hispanic countries and around the Mediterranean. Cacti Fruit can be eaten raw or be cooked into jams and preserves.

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