cactus fruit

On a whim, I picked up some cactus fruit from the local ethnic market. I’d always seen them around and always wondered who actually bought those things. Well, it was my turn to try it out, and I’m glad I did. These little orbs are packed with some mildly-sweet, deep red flesh and hard, black seeds – not unlike a passion fruit. In fact, you could think of these as a desert passion fruit.

The outer skin is somewhat thick like a rind.

To get to the good stuff, chop off the top and bottom and then slice the whole fruit down the middle longways. Peel off the outer skin, and you should be left with a nice piece of red fruit. The seeds ARE edible, so don’t throw them away. *Caution – the juice on these is deep red, so it will stain.

Now cut the fruit up into pieces however large you like or throw it into a blender to make a smoothie. These would be great with a drizzle of honey or chocolate.


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