Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 49

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit: This was another find from Your Dekalb Farmer's Market in Atlanta. I'd seen these off and on in markets, and when I noticed them at the same time as the dragonfruit I posted about previously, I decided to try. I didn't know anything about the eating method or what it would taste like, but that's exactly why I'm here - to find out.

I read online that the best way to eat it was just like the dragonfruit - split lengthwise down the middle, and scoop the pulp out with a spoon. Easy enough, but when I started handling it, some of the remnants of the thorns that were previously removed got stuck in my fingers. Ouch. It took some intensive tweezing to get them out, and I think one of them is still in there. Anyway, once that crisis was averted, I got down to the eating.

Once it was split open, the fruit revealed a juicy white center, filled with seeds. I scooped out a piece and took a bite, and it didn't taste at all like expected. Kind of like a honeydew melon, and not much fruit flavor to speak of. The extremely hard seeds kept me from chewing too much of it, since I was afraid of cracking a tooth. I got a little of the pulp down, but spit the rest in the trash can. The taste was OK, but not anything I'd care to repeat. With the little thorns and the tough seeds, this was a high maintenance attempt.

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