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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Prickly Pear Questions!



Hi everyone! One reader of my blog, Rick, asked a question. I don't know the answer. I was wondering if any of you know if there is a taste difference between young and more mature Prickly Pear cactus pads? I would also like to know if anyone had experimented with different varieties of Prickly Pear and if there are any taste differences between them. Thanks in advance, if you know and can share with us!
Julie

8 comments:

marianne said...

I wouldn´t know but would like to know....

Claude said...

The more mature a pad is, the tougher it would be... I don't think the taste is affected though. As for different varieties, the other varieties available to me are far too thorny to mess with, so I haven't tried.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The cactus fruit looks very christmasy with the red and green together. I don't know anything about the cooking or tasting of these very common cactus. This makes for intersting reading to me.

walk2write said...

That sounds like a thorny question to me. I've never tried prickly pear, but it would seem to me that the younger ones would be more tender at least.

Teri C said...

Actually, there is a difference. You can buy them in a market and they are usually grown in Mexico but I can't remember their right name. Guess that didn't help much.

judicreations said...

Hi Julie
That is very interesting information about the prickly pear and cooking with it. We don't have those araound here so I can't even try to cook them unfortunately. Thank you for sharing this. I've learned something new..and what else is new??
Have a great day
Judi

Ashraf shreif said...

i do not know really
here can eat 2 kinds only

Aiyana said...

I've read that the older ones are more bitter. Since they don't tell the age of the pads on the store labels (like young and tender, or old and tough) it's hard to know what to look for. Usually, the taste is mostly disguised in whatever dish the napoles are in, so I don't think it makes a lot of difference.
Aiyana