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Cactus fig

Feast on a... cactus fig!

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Cacti produce fruits that grow on top of the prickly leaves. These fruits are very tasty, and the cactus fig is an excellent example. The oval-shaped fruits look exotic, with their thick and spiky skin that is full of liquid. In nature, cactus figs use this skin to protect the slightly sweet flesh inside.

Cactus figs have a prickly skin. Big spines are brushed off during sorting. However, it is possible that some smaller spines are left on the fruit. That is why we advise careful cleaning of our cactus figs.

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Storage advice

  • Transport and storage: Cactus figs like low temperatures. Maintain a temperature of 8 to 10˚C during transport and storage.
  • Shop: Cactus figs can be kept in the cold store at a temperature between 8 and 15˚C.

Our cactus figs are grown in:

Colombia and Italy

Growing and harvesting

At the grower's

Cactus plants can bear fruit for up to 15 to 20 years. After planting, it takes 2 years before the first cactus figs can be harvested from the plant. Cactus plants have a very unusual cycle. Growers harvest for 3 months, then the plant rests for six months before the next 6-month harvest period.

When the fig changes colour, the grower knows it is time to harvest. Not every variety changes colour in the same way. Dark green to light green occurs in nature, but light-green prickly pears can also turn orange-yellow or even orange-red.

Workers use scissors to harvest the figs, one at a time. In the packing station, the fruits are brushed clean. Like the plant itself, the cactus fig also has spines. Brushing is an effective way to remove the spines from the figs. The process continues with sorting, checking for quality and preparing for transport to Nature's Pride.

Prickly pear - Growing & Harvestin

Recipes & preparation tips

Cactus figs are easy to prepare by cutting the fruit in half lengthwise. With a small cut between the skin and the flesh, the skin is easily removed. The flesh is a delicacy, for example in a surprising combination with goat's cheese or cod. Exotic cactus figs also work well in compotes and desserts.

Prickly Pear - Recipes & Preparation

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