10/1/09

What is this? And a few random things

More than a month ago, I decided to be slightly adventurous and buy a prickly pear at the grocery store.

It stayed on my counter for a few days, then moved into the refrigerator. Somehow, my earlier excitement of trying this exotic fruit, has all but disappeared.

Then this weekend, I finally decided to give this fruit a taste. I carefully washed the prickly pear and then sliced it in half.

Gross! Seriously, the inside was so unappetizing. There were these big seeds and mucus-like substance, and then the green flesh.

After taking a few photographs to document the fruit, I decided to be brave and give it a taste. To me, the seeds are quite inedible. The green flesh tasted like an under ripe green melon. Needless to say, I'm not a fan of prickly pears.



Have any of you ever tried prickly pears? How did you eat them? What did you think?

In other news:

1) I finally joined Twitter! (no, Facebook is not to follow) This will be mainly for the food-related news. Would you like to follow me?

2) I've entered yet another contest. This one is for bread, and all you have to do is go to this link and click on my Tri Color Cornbread recipe: yes, it's this simple! Thanks!

3) Stay tune for an amazing way to support my friend Lisa and to help fight hunger.

12 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

this is the first time i've seen prickly pear...

Mary said...

We had them in Asia with another favorite - bitter melon :-). There are some things that are an acquired taste.

Heavenly Housewife said...

I remember my dad brought one home once, a very long time ago. Maybe i was like 8 years old or something. I don't even remember tasting it. Looks a bit yucky lol, but good for you for trying :).
Am now following u on twitter daaaaaahling.

Sophie from sophies foodiefiles said...

I have never seen this sort of pear before,...

Looks good but it tastes special like you say: so it is a no no!

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never seen this fruit before...I am not sure it looks appealing....but the taste rules.

Angie's Recipes

Junglefrog said...

I had seen one of these before but have never tried them. We did have a similar looking kind of fruit when we were in Indonesia. It - quite frankly - looked like snot and was not that tasty either!

Lisa Shapiro said...

Thanks for posting about the Slice of Life campaign. :)
I hope all of us Food Bloggers truly can Unite for a Cause!
xo

asides said...

I thought it was better cooked, have had it in a mexican dish once.

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

I never tasted prickly pears, but looks interesting. I see this is a product from Chile so near to me and I haven't it for this corner.

Great you're on twitter, it's better if you download some applications for an easier experience :) Following you...

Have fun!

Gera

Chow and Chatter said...

will follow u on twitter i need to try the pricky pear new to me as well

Zion(zionoe@googlemail.com) said...

I have tried it many times when I was a kid. I found it tasty but seeds are so hard to chew. They will move out as got in, if you don’t grind them well. When it is ripe, becomes yellow in color and it has sharp small thorns on its skin and they heart badly if gets inside your skin and they are thousands in number, so try this fruit very carefully. This fruit really cuts your diseases.

Jennifer said...

I've only had a prickly pear margarita and it was FANTSTIC! I had no idea it looked like this... but the drink is pink (somehow) so I highly recommend it!