Cactus Pear Syrup
And then! (exciting I know) I was at Whole Foods the other day and saw cactus pears! So I bought some for fun and decided to make a drink syrup out of them.
(also called prickly pear or tuna fruit)
I was really excited to slice into them,
How to cut a cactus pear:
Peel off the outside, luckily they sold them already post needles on the skin, then cut it in half, the core is the part you actually use/eat, so pull off the other thicker outside of the fruit
then cut up the fruit into cubes
Cactus Pear Syrup:
3 cactus pears; peeled and chopped
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 in a saucepan heat the cactus pear, sugar, and water until boiling
2 then let it simmer for 8-12 minutes
3 remove from heat and squeeze in the lemon, this helps preserve it
4 run the syrup through a fine mesh sieve- they have TONS of tiny seeds
in them you'll want to get out
5 put in a bottle and keep in the fridge to enjoy
We put it in pineapple juice and it was mouth-wateringly good!
& I'm happy to report it is naturally that amazing hot pink color!