Keep Tweezers Nearby
For those that aren’t familiar with prickly pears or “tunas” as we call them in Spanish, they will prick you.
- 6 Prickly Pears
- 1 Cup of Sugar (borrow from the neighbor if your out)
- 6 Cups Of Water
Cut Without Fear
There are several methods to handling the tunas. I’ve seen people burning the tiny needles off and using tongs to avoid getting them stuck on fingers. Where I’m from in Mexico people just peel them right off the cactus.
Avoid the small circular spot on the tuna and place the tips of your fingers to hold it in place. Cut the top part of the prickly pear and make a shallow cut down the middle only piercing deep enough to cut the skin.
Place the tuna down and peel back the outer layer to pull the piece of fruit out.
Once you’ve cut them all out its time to throw them in the blender.
Bathe In Water
I usually place about 3 cups of water along with 3 of the prickly pears. Only do half the recipe at a time. It wont all fit in the blender.
Add A Lil’ Bit Of Sugar And Blend
The cool thing about adding in the sugar while it blends is you don’t have to stir it in. The blender does it for you!
Strain The Mix Not Your Eyes
After blending for about 6 Mississippi’s it’s time to pour the mix through the strainer and into your container.
Ice, Ice Baby
Cool the juice off in the fridge or fill a glass with ice and pour it in.
Buen Provecho! Enjoy!