Cactus figs are oval shaped cactus fruits. Cactus figs are native to Mexico and South America. They come in many colours: green, yellow, salmon pink, brown or red. The thick spiny skin is full of water to protect the flesh inside. The soft, jelly-like, juicy and somewhat grainy flesh is light green, yellow, orange or red and contains small edible seeds. The taste is sweet to slightly sour, similar to a pear.
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Cactusfigs are available from Colombia, Italy, South Africa and Mexico.
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Cactus figs come in many colours: green, yellow, salmon pink, brown, or red. The thick spiny skin is full of water to protect the flesh inside.View Cactus figs
Normally it is difficult to prepare cactus figs without being attacked by the sharp thorns. However the cactus figs of Nature’s Pride have no sharp thorns. This due to the fact that the thorns are brushed off before they are packed. Therefore you can touch the fruit with your bare hands, which makes preparing the fruit much easier. Start by cutting off both ends of the fruit. Cut lengthwise into the skin. Make an incision between the skin and the flesh. Now the skin can easily be removed by hand and the fruit is ready to be enjoyed.Consumption
Cactus figs are normally just eaten by itself. However they are also delicious to add in a fruit salad, dessert or pie.When to eat
A cactus fig is ripe when the skin feels soft. Green cactus figs can be ripened at room temperature. Ripe cactus figs are yellow, red or brown and can best be stored in the refrigerator.
Did you know?
- Cactus figs are also known as Desert Figs, Prickly Pear or Sabra’s.
- Never touch a cactus fig with your bare hands, as it has a lot of tiny spines, just like a cactus. However the Cactus figs of Nature's Pride do not have any spines. These are brushed off before they are packed.
- In Mexico and in Malta they make an alcoholic beverage from the juice of cactus figs.
- A cactus plant can bear fruit for up to three years without a single drop of water.