There are close to 30 of these on the plant. What do I do with them? What is the best way to peel them and to get rid of the seeds? Then what do I do with the meat that is left? The person who gave me the plant says the fruit is delicious but failed to tell me how to prepare it. Thanks for any help. Xuling
That looks about right. The main thing is to avoid sticking your fingers in there until you've peeled off the skin (with the spines). The seeds are relatively large, though I suppose that must vary with the variety. The easiest way to enjoy the fruit in seedless form is flavored water ("agua de tuna"), where you put the fruit (smashed up) in a pitcher of water, allow all the yummy juices to be sucked out of the pulp over time (a few hours/overnight/whatever), and then run the mix through a filter to remove the seeds. Or just let them settle to the bottom of the pitcher. Depends on how lazy you are, hehe.
I juice mine in a centrifugal-type of juicer. Just rinse them off and put them in whole. The juicer separates the juice and discards the pulp, seeds, skin & glochids. Then I freeze the concentrated juice in water bottles and use it all year long. The mixture that I came up with is... I mix it with apple juice to provide a little sweetness which brings out the flavor of the Prickly Pear fruit. I have one plant that yields about 200 fruit per year around this time. It's the juiciest and plumpest fruit I've had on all of my Opuntia's.
It's O. engelmannii var. lindheimeri http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/125296/
I discovered this on my kalanchoe awhile back. Very strange. You can even see some on the tips of the air roots. The tissue was firm, not moist or mushy.
I threw it all away for fear of it spreading. So far I haven't seen it again anywhere.
Those pear apples make great jelly
Use tongs to take fruit off plant or heavy gloves
Trim stickers with butcher knife.Lol
Put in pot of boiling water after taking off red peeling cook with i cup juice 1 cup sugar till thickens to jelly
put in pint jars and enjoy all winter