Until now, my favorite color has always been blue. Or green. Or turquoise. Or anything that is considered green or blue. However, I think I may have a new favorite color. Could it be that I’m having a mid-life crisis? Nah, I just changed my favorite color. You might change yours, too, after you see this!
I have been harvesting prickly pear fruits lately. Just as the name implies, these are the fruits of a prickly pear cactus. You can’t find them everywhere, but I found some right here in my little hometown! I saw two really nice looking cacti growing on a friend’s property and I asked him if I could pick the fruit to make jelly. He said “Yeah, get after it.” So I did!
I used a pair of tongs to fill my corn pot with the beautiful, stickery fruits. Then I called my sister-in-law, Angela. I knew she’d be game to juice some prickly pears! In fact, she had already juiced some, and she had a mason jar full of the juice. She brought it over and we made Prickly Pear Margaritas! Do you see what I mean about the color? LOOK at that color!!
Then it was time to get busy. We washed the fruit, then burned each one over a camp-stove flame to get rid of those pesky cactus spines, which cover the fruits:
Then we decided to peel the fruit. We blanched each pear, sliced off the ends, then peeled the skin off.
Then, all of a sudden, Angela got mad at me and ripped my heart out!
Just kidding! That’s a prickly pear that has been peeled. Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you like that. Besides, you should have known that my heart is much bigger than that…
We put the peeled fruit into a large pot with a little water (not much, maybe 1-2 cups, because the fruit will make plenty of its own juice) and let it boil for quite a while, like 2 hours or so.
Do you see what I see? There it is again… THAT COLOR!
After all the straining was completed, we had a nice bucket full of prickly pear juice, about 10 cups!
2 oz. Trader Joe’s Margarita Mixer, 1 oz. Tequila, 1 oz. Prickly Pear Juice. Combine all in a shaker with some ice and shake it up, then serve over ice with a lime wedge. Yummy!
I will be back soon to tell you how we made the JELLY! Hint.. there’s a secret ingredient that can also be used to make letters and spell words on the sidewalk! Read more here: Chile Love