How to De-thorn a Prickly Pear

Prickly pears are a delicious fruit that need to be de-thorned before consumption.
Prickly pears are a delicious fruit that need to be de-thorned before consumption. (Image: prickly pear image by Carpenter from Fotolia.com)

A prickly pear is a fruit that comes from the nopales cactus. This pear has a sweet taste but requires some preparation before it can be consumed. Just like the cactus from which these pears grow, prickly pears are covered in tiny, hair-like thorns and have a thick skin. However, these can be removed easily so that the fruit inside can be used for candy, juice, jam, cocktails and more.

Things You'll Need

  • Paring knife or vegetable peeler
  • rubber gloves

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Put on rubber gloves to avoid pricking yourself with the thorns.

Peel the fruit with a paring knife or vegetable peeler to remove the outer layer of skin. This will remove the tiny thorns from the skin and allow you to access the fruit inside.

Rinse the prickly pear under cold water to remove any remaining thorns.

Cut off the ends of the prickly pear and discard.

Slice the fruit vertically, just deep enough to break through the thick skin.

Peel back the skin until it is removed completely. The skin should come off easily, leaving just the soft insides of the pear behind.

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